Subjective contours - bridging the gap between psychophysics and physiology

Esther Peterhans, Rüdiger von der Heydt

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Much is known about the initial stages of visual processing up to the striate cortex, but how is visual information represented and handled at subsequent stages? Phenomena of contour, color and movement perception have been used to identify functions of neurons and to reveal functional differences between cortical areas that application of classical receptive-field concepts has not suggested. These differences can be related to theoretical stages of visual processing that provide stability of perception under changing conditions of stimulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)112-119
Number of pages8
JournalTrends in neurosciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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