Hierarchical organization and functional streams in the visual cortex

David C. Van Essen, John H.R. Maunsell

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In the macaque monkey, a dozen distinct visual areas have been identified in the cerebral cortex. These areas can be arranged in a well-defined hierarchy on the basis of their pattern of interconnections. Physiological recordings suggest that there are at least two major functional streams in this hierarchy, one related to the analysis of motion and the other to the analysis of form and color.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)370-375
Number of pages6
JournalTrends in Neurosciences
Issue numberC
StatePublished - 1983


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