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Interpretation of the function of the striate cortex
Author(s): Bernardette M. Garner; Andrew P. Paplinski
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Paper Abstract

Biological neural networks do not require retraining every time objects move in the visual field. Conventional computer neural networks do not share this shift-invariance. The brain compensates for movements in the head, body, eyes and objects by allowing the sensory data to be tracked across the visual field. The neurons in the striate cortex respond to objects moving across the field of vision as is seen in many experiments. It is proposed, that the neurons in the striate cortex allow continuous angle changes needed to compensate for changes in orientation of the head, eyes and the motion of objects in the field of vision. It is hypothesized that the neurons in the striate cortex form a system that allows for the translation, some rotation and scaling of objects and provides a continuity of objects as they move relative to other objects. The neurons in the striate cortex respond to features which are fundamental to sight, such as orientation of lines, direction of motion, color and contrast. The neurons that respond to these features are arranged on the cortex in a way that depends on the features they are responding to and on the area of the retina from which they receive their inputs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 April 2000
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3981, Medical Imaging 2000: Image Perception and Performance, (14 April 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.383097
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Bernardette M. Garner, Monash Univ. (Australia)
Andrew P. Paplinski, Monash Univ. (Australia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3981:
Medical Imaging 2000: Image Perception and Performance
Elizabeth A. Krupinski, Editor(s)

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