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Axons of which cell form the optic nerve?

ganglion cells


What is the name of the site which the right and left optic nerves meet?

optic chiasm


Where do most axons in optic nerves synapse?

lateral geniculate nucleus


What is the destination of axons from the later geniculate nucleus?

other parts of the thalamus and the occipital cortex


What is lateral inhibition?

Lateral inhibition is when one cell inhibits another cell's activity.


How does lateral inhibition enhance contrast?

It enhances contrast by increasing sensory perception.


Describe parvocellular ganglion cells.

Parvocellular gangion cells have small receptive fields and are sensitive to color and details.


How do parvocellular ganglion cells differ from magnocellular ganglion cells?

Magnocellular ganglion cells have larger receptive fields and are movement sensitive, and are not color sensitive.


What is a receptive field of a cell in the visual system?

the part of the field that inhibits or excites it


What happens at the optic chiasm?

Half of the axons from ganglion cells cross to the opposite hemisphere


Describe the evidence that Area V1 is necessary for conscious vision.

People with damage to the Area V1, report no conscious vision, no visual imagery, and no visual images.


What is blindsight?

the ability for a person to respond to visual info that they report not seeing


What are two potential explanations for blindsight?

One explanation is that the other branches of the optic nerve deliver visual info to the supior colliculus and other areas, so maybe one of those parts controls the blindsight responses. Another explanation is that tiny bits of healthy tissue remain within an otherwise damaged visual cortex that provides enough perception for blindsight


In what cortical area does the dorsal stream end?

parietal cortex


What is the dorsal stream's functional contribution to vision?

It helps the motor area find and use objects


For what accomplishment did Hubel and Wiesel win the Nobel Prize?

They used microelectrode recordings to to study individual cells and they distinguished several types of cells in the visual cortex.


Describe the receptive fields of simple cells.

they have fixed inhibitory and excitatory zones


What is the major difference between the responses of simple and complex visual cortical cells?

Simple cells respond to the exact location of a stimulus, complex cells do not.


Describe the receptive field of a hypercomplex cell.

It has a strong inhibitory area at one end of its receptive field.


What is a feature detector?

Neurons whose responses indicate the presence of a particular feature


Are neurons in area V1 feature detectors?



Describe the evidence for and against area V1 neurons being feature detectors.

The evidence suggesting Area V1 neurons are feature detectors is that they respond strongly to bar- or edge-shaped patterns. The evidence against area V1 neurons being feature detectors is cortical cells, who also respond well to a single bar or line, responds more strongly to a spatial frequency


Which areas, beyong V1, are important for shape analysis? What are their contributions?

The inferior temporal cortex is important for shape analysis. It detects objects, but not the amount of light or dark on the retina.


What is shape constancy?

the ability to recognize an object's shape even as it changes position, angle, and lighting


What is visual agnosia?

an inability to recognize objects despite otherwise good visioin


What is prosopagnosia?

the inability to recognize faces


What area in the inferior temporal lobe increases its activity when people with intact brains recognize faces?

fusiform gyrus


What appears to be a special function of V4?

color constancy


Which 2 areas of the cortex are specialized for motion perception?

MT (middle-temporal cortex or area V5) and MST (medial superior temporal cortex)


How do MT cells respond?

When something moves at a particular speed in a particular direction


What are the preferred stimuli for cells in the dorsal part of area MST?

complex stimuli


What is the role of ventral MST cells?

To repsond to an object that moves relative to its background


Why don't we see a blur when we move our eyes?

Because several of the visual areas of your brain decrease their activity during voluntary eye movements


What is a saccade?

a ballistic movement of the eyes from one fixation point to another


Describe motion blindess.

the ability to see objects but not being able to see if they are moving or how fast and in what direction an object is moving


What causes motion blindness?

damage to the MT