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The Roots of Visual Awareness

The present volume was assembled in honor of Professor Alan Cowey FRS, and attempts to embrace his wide range of research interests in visual neuroscience. It is divided into four sections.

The first contains a group of papers dealing with different fundamental aspects of the visual system, including the control and monitoring of eye movements. The second is concerned with the functional organization of cortical visual areas and their role in visual perception and visually guided action. The third addresses issues concerning color and motion perception, along with broader questions of visual attention; and the effects of selective brain damage on these different aspects of visual experience. The fourth and final section of the volume deals explicitly with questions relating to visual awareness, with particular emphasis on 'blindsight', a topic on which Alan Cowey has worked extensively in recent years, both in humans and in monkeys.

Included in series
Progress in Brain Research

Hardbound, 348 Pages

Published: October 2003

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-444-50978-9

Contents

  • List of contributors. Foreword (R.L. Gregory). Preface. I. Visual Pathways. 1. Developmental plasticity of photoreceptors (B.E. Reese). 2. Morphology and physiology of primate M- and P- cells (L.C.L. Silveira, C.A. Saito et al.). 3. Identifying corollary discharges for movement in the primate brain (R.H. Wurtz, M.A. Sommer). 4. Visual awareness and the cerebellum: possible role of decorrelation control (P. Dean, J. Porrill, J.V. Stone). II. Cortical visual systems. 5. Some effects of cortical and callosal damage on conscious and unconscious processing of visual information and other sensory inputs (G. Berlucchi). 6. Consciousness absent and present: a neurophysiological exploration (E.T. Rolls). 7. Rapid serial visual presentation for the determination of neural selectivity in area STSa (P. Földiák, D. Xiao et al). 8. Cortical interactions in vision and awareness: hierarchies in reverse (C.-H. Juan, G. Campana, V. Walsh). 9. Two distinct modes of control for object-directed action (M.A. Goodale, D.A. Westwood, A.D. Milner). III. Perception and attention. 10. Color contrast: a contributory mechanism to color constancy(A. Hurlbert, K. Wolf). 11. The primacy of chromatic edge processing in normal and cerebrally achromatopsic subjects(R.W. Kentridge, G.G. Cole, C.A. Heywood). 12. Neuroimaging studies of attention and the processing of emotion-laden stimuli(L. Pessoa, L.G. Ungerleider). 13. Selective visual attention, visual search and visual awareness (C.M. Butter). 14. First-order and second-order motion: neurological evidence for neuroanatomically distinct systems (L.M. Vaina, S. Soloviev).15. Reaching between obstacles in spatial neglect and visual extinction (A.D. Milner, R.D. McIntosh). IV. Blindsight and visual awareness. 16. Roots of blindsight (L. Weiskrantz). 17. "Double-blindsight" revealed through the processing of color and luminance contrast defined motion signals (J.L. Barbur). 18. Stimulus cueing in blindsight (A. Cowey, P. Stoerig). 19. Visually-guided behavior after V1 lesions in young and adult monkeys and its relation to blindsight in humans (C.G. Gross, T. Moore, H.R. Rodman). 20. Is blindsight in normals akin to blindsight following brain damage? (C.A. Marzi, A. Minelli, S. Savazzi). 21. Auras and other hallucinations: windows on the visual brain (F. Wilkinson). 22. Theories of visual awareness(A. Zeman). Subject Index.

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