Information processing in the primate visual system: An integrated systems perspective

David C. Van Essen, Charles H. Anderson, Daniel J. Felleman

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The primate visual system contains dozens of distinct areas in the cerebral cortex and several major subcortical structures. These subdivisions are extensively interconnected in a distributed hierarchical network that contains several intertwined processing streams. A number of strategies are used for efficient information processing within this hierarchy. These include linear and nonlinear filtering, passage through information bottlenecks, and coordinated use of multiple types of information. In addition, dynamic regulation of information flow within and between visual areas may provide the computational flexibility needed for the visual system to perform a broad spectrum of tasks accurately and at high resolution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-423
Number of pages5
Issue number5043
StatePublished - Jan 24 1992


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