Vision and the Visual System

ISBN : 9780199936533

Peter H. Schiller; Edward J. Tehovnik
408 Pages
186 x 261 mm
Pub date
Sep 2015
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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 neural structures 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, and patterns. 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 which there 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.


Chapter 1: Methods to Assess Visual Perception and Brain Function
Chapter 2: Basic Wiring of the Visual System
Chapter 3: The Retina
Chapter 4: The Lateral Geniculate Nucleus
Chapter 5: The Striate Cortex
Chapter 6: Extrastriate Cortex
Chapter 7: The ON and OFF Channels
Chapter 8: The Midget and Parasol Channels
Chapter 9: Color Vision
Chapter 10: Adaptation
Chapter 11: Motion Perception
Chapter 12: Depth Perception
Chapter 13: Pattern Perception
Chapter 14: Illusions
Chapter 15: Eye-Movement
Chapter 16: Visual Prosthesis
Name Index
Subject Index

About the author: 

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 Brain Institute at Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Natal, Brazil.

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