Description

Internationally renowned researchers discuss how the various parts of the brain process and integrate visual signals, providing up to date original findings, reviews, and theoretical proposals on visual processing.

This book addresses the basic mechanisms of visual perception as well as issues such as neuronal plasticity, functional reorganization and recovery, residual vision, and sensory substitution. Knowledge of the basic mechanisms by which our brain can analyze, reconstruct, and interpret images in the external world is of fundamental importance for our capacity to understand the nature and causes of visual deficits, such as those resulting from ischemia, abnormal development, neuro-degenerative disorders, and normal aging. It is also essential to our goal of developing better therapeutic strategies, such as early diagnosis, visual training, behavioral rehabilitation of visual functions, and visual implants.

Table of Contents

List of contributors. Preface. 1. Glutamate-mediated responses in developing retinal ganglion cells (L.C. Liets, L.M. Chalupa). 2. The dynamics of primate retinal ganglion cells (E. Kaplan, E. Benardete). 3. BDNF/TRKB signaling in the developmental sculpting of visual connections (D.O. Frost). 4. Thalamic relay functions (S.M. Sherman). 5. Higher-order motion processing in the pulvinar (C. Casanova, L. Merabet, A. Desautels, K. Minville). 6. Response properties in the pulvinar complex after neonatal ablation of the primary visual cortex (A. Desautels, C. Casanova). 7. The superior colliculus and its control of fixation behavior via projections to brainstem omnipause neurons (A. Bergeron, D. Guitton). 8. A possible role of the superior colliculus in eye-hand coordination (L. Lünenburger, R. Kleiser, V. Stuphorn, L.E. Miller, K.-P. Hoffmann). 9. Look and see: How the brain moves your eyes about (P.H. Schiller, E.J. Tehovnik). 10. Nonvisual influences on visual-information processing in the superior colliculus (B.E. Stein, W. Jiang, M. Wallace, T. Stanford). 11. Beyond the classical receptive field in the visual cortex (R. Freeman). 12. Processing of second-order stimuli in the visual cortex (C.L. Baker, Jr., I. Mareschal). 13. The role of feedback connections in shaping the responses of visual cortical neurons (J. Bullier, J.-M. Hupé, A.C. James, P. Girard). 14. Cortical mechanisms of binocular stereoscopic vision (A.J. Parker, B.G. Cumming). 15. Cortical plasticity revealed by circumscribed retinal lesions or artificial scotomas (B. Dreher, W. Burke, M.B. Calford). 16. Neural analysis of visual information during locomotion (H. Sherk, G.A. Fowler). 17. B

Details

No. of pages:
504
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2001
Published:
Imprint:
Elsevier Science
eBook ISBN:
9780080929521
Print ISBN:
9780444505866

About the editors

C. Casanova

Affiliations and Expertise

Ecole d'Optometrie et Centre de Recherche en Sciences Neurologiques, Université de Montréal, Montreal PQ H3C 3J7, Canada

M. Ptito

Affiliations and Expertise

Ecole d'Optometrie et Centre de Recherche en Sciences Neurologiques, Université de Montréal, Montreal PQ H3C 3J7, Canada