Vision and the Visual System

Hardcover | July 22, 2015

byPeter H. Schiller, Edward J. Tehovnik

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Vision and the Visual System offers students, teachers, and researchers a rigorous, yet accessible account of how the brain analyzes the visual scene. Schiller and Tehovnik describe key aspects of visual perception while explaining the relationship between eye movements and the neuralstructures in the brain, which play a central role in how we process visual information.The book discusses various brain areas involved in processing information, focusing on the evolutionary origins and mechanics behind the several parallel pathways that compose the visual system. Later chapters explain how the nervous system processes the perception of color, motion, depth, andpatterns. A variety of illusions are on display in Chapter 14, where the authors provide detailed explanations that deconstruct how the visual system operates to create them. The volume concludes with a discussion of recent attempts to build visual prosthetic devices for blind individuals, of whichthere are more than 40 million in the world.Vision and the Visual System is based on Professor Schiller's more than 40 years of experience teaching vision courses at MIT, and is tailored especially for college undergraduates and graduate students interested in visual perception and the operations of the visual system.

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Vision and the Visual System offers students, teachers, and researchers a rigorous, yet accessible account of how the brain analyzes the visual scene. Schiller and Tehovnik describe key aspects of visual perception while explaining the relationship between eye movements and the neuralstructures in the brain, which play a central role i...

Peter H. Schiller is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Edward J. Tehovnik worked at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology for more than twenty years studying vision and oculomotor control in behaving monkeys. He now works as CNPq Investigator for The B...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:408 pages, 10.12 × 7.2 × 1.1 inPublished:July 22, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199936536

ISBN - 13:9780199936533

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgments1. Methods to Assess Visual Perception and Brain Function2. Basic Wiring of the Visual System3. The Retina4. The Lateral Geniculate Nucleus5. The Striate Cortex6. Extrastriate Cortex7. The ON and OFF Channels8. The Midget and Parasol Channels9. Color Vision10. Adaptation11. Motion Perception12. Depth Perception13. Pattern Perception14. Illusions15. Eye-Movement16. Visual ProsthesisName IndexSubject Index

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"Peter Schiller and Edward Tehovnik elegantly describe the neural processes and mechanisms that underlie vision, visual perception, and the control of visually-guided eye movements. The authors' analysis of parallel ON and OFF pathways, color, motion, depth and pattern vision, and eye movementcontrol integrates findings from psychology, neurophysiology, anatomy, and pharmacology. This text is original, innovative, and is bound to have a far-reaching impact. I enthusiastically recommend it to all serious vision researchers, young and old." --Lothar Spillmann, Department of Neurology, University of Freiburg, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany