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As ophthalmologists, we serve as interested observers when other vision scientists unravel the complexities of the visual system, hoping to appropriate their new information for use in diagnosis and treatment. In this monograph of 50 articles, researchers report the use of techniques such as single-neuron recordings, cortical ablation, operant conditioning, and histologic examination to study the structure and function of visual processing areas outside the occipital lobe.
Unless you read such periodicals as the Journal of Comparative Neurology, the Journal of Neurophysiology, the Journal of Neuroscience, or Experimental Brain Research, you may be unaware of the large amount of data that has been collected over the past two decades on extrastriate visual function. In the monograph, Gattass and coworkers provide an overview of a theoretical framework in which the visual system is modular, allowing parallel processing. In this framework, the visual system can be divided into a ventral stream that
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