Filling-In: From Perceptual Completion to Cortical Reorganization by Luiz Pessoa

Filling-In: From Perceptual Completion to Cortical Reorganization

EditorLuiz Pessoa, Peter de Weerd

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The best example of filling-in involves the blind spot, a region of the retina devoid of photoreceptors. Remarkably, the region of visual space corresponding to the blind spot is not perceived as a dark region in space, but instead as having the same color and texture as the surroundingbackground; hence the expression "filling in." While this type of perceptual completion phenomenon is common in the visual domain, it is argued by the leading scientists who contribute to this book that forms of filling-in also take place in other sensory modalities, including the auditory,somatosensory, and motor systems. In a concluding chapter an integrative approach is taken, which attempts to provide a common framework for completion phenomena occurring on a fast time scale, and cortical reorganization in sensory and motor cortex induced by peripheral damage or skill learningtaking place on a slower time scale. It is proposed that systematic changes in the interplay between inhibitory and excitatory inputs permit cortical neurons to become driven by new sources of input, which, in addition to initial perceptual consequences can lead to a long-term structuralreorganization of cortex. This book represents a truly interdisciplinary approach to neuroscience, with chapters covering computational modeling, visual psychophysics, functional brain imaging, single-cell physiology, and clinical patient cases. It will be of interest to researchers and graduate students in systemsneuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, vision science, neuroimaging, perceptual psychology, computational neuroscience, and philosophy of mind.

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Luiz Pessoa is at Federal University of Rio De Janeiro. Peter De Weerd is at University of Arizona.

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Title:Filling-In: From Perceptual Completion to Cortical ReorganizationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:340 pages, 6.3 × 9.29 × 0.79 inPublished:June 16, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Foreword by V. S. RamachandranIntroduction: Filling-In: More Than Meets the Eye, Peter De Weerd and Luiz PessoaPART I: Fast-Acting Filling-In in Normal Vision1. Filling-In the Forms: Surface and Boundary Interactions in the Visual Cortex, Stephen Grossberg, Boston University2. Contextual Shape Processing in the Human Visual Cortex: Beginning to Fill-In the Blanks, Janine Mendola, West Virginia University School of Medicine3. Surface Completion: Psychophysical and Neurophysiological Studies of Brightness, Andrew Rossi, National Institute of Mental Health, and Michael Paradiso, Brown University4. Mechanisms of Surface Completion: Perceptual Filling-In of Texture, Lothar Spillman, Freiburg University, Germany, and Peter De Weerd5. Searching for the Neural Mechanism of Color Filling-In, Rudiger von Heydt, Howard Friedman, and Hong Zhou, all at Johns Hopkins University6. Effects of Modal Versus Amodal Completion Upon Visual Attention: A Function for Filling-In?, Greg Davis, Birkbeck College, UK, and Jon Driver, University College, London, UK)7. Completion Phenomena in Vision: A Computational Approach, Heiko Neumann, Ulm University, GermanyPART II: From Permanent Scotomas to Cortical Reorganization8. Completion Through a Permanent Scotoma: First Interpolation Across the Blind Spot and the Processing of Occlusion, Mario Fiorani, Leticia de Oliveira, Eliane Volchan, Ricardo Gattass, all at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Carlos Eduardo Rocha-Miranda, Brazilian Academy of Sciences, andLuiz Pessoa9. The Reactivation and Reorganization of Retinotopic Maps in the Visual Cortex of Adult Mammals After Retinal and Cortical Lesions, John H. Kaas, Christine E. Collins, both at Vanderbilt University, and Yuzo M. Chino, University of Houston10. The Blind Leading the Mind: Pathological Completion in Hemianopia and Spatial Neglect, Jason B. Mattingly, University of Melbourne, Australia, and R. Walker, University of London, UKPart III: Long-Term Cortical Remapping11. Plasticity of the Human Auditory Cortex, Christo Pantev, University of Toronto, Nathan Weisz, Michael Schulte, both at the University of Konstanz, Germany, and Thomas Elbert, University of Munster, Germany12. Plasticity in Adult M1 During Motor Skill Learning, Julien Doyon, University of Montreal, and Leslie G. Ungerleider, National Institute of Mental Health13. Cortical Reorganization and the Rehabilitation of Movement by CI Therapy After Neurologic Injury, Victor M. Mark and Edward Taub, both at the University of Alabama, Birmingham14. Conclusion: Contributions of Inhibitory Mechanisms to Perceptual Completion and Cortical Reorganization, Liisa A. Tremere, Raphael Pinaud, both at the University of Arizona, and Peter De Weerd

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"This book is a pleasure to read. It is always a delight to come across a book that is unique, well written, and well edited. The editors are to be congratulated on their fine and valuable contribution to the field of perceptual remapping and cortical reorganization."--Doody's