Brain and Visual Perception: The Story of a 25-Year Collaboration

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Oxford University Press, Oct 14, 2004 - Medical - 744 pages
This is the story of a hugely successful and enjoyable 25-year collaboration between two scientists who set out to learn how the brain deals with the signals it receives from the two eyes. Their work opened up a new area of brain research that led to their receiving the Nobel Prize in 1981. The book contains their major papers from 1959 to 1981, each preceded and followed by comments telling how and why the authors went about the study, how the work was received, and what has happened since. It begins with short autobiographies of both men, and describes the state of the field when they started. It is intended not only for neurobiologists, but for anyone interested in how the brain works-biologists, psychologists, philosophers, physicists, historians of science, and students at all levels from high school to graduate level.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION AND BIOGRAPHIES
4
David H Hubel
5
Torsten N Wiesel
25
BACKGROUND TO OUR RESEARCH
35
Cortical Neurophysiology in the 1950s
37
The Group at Hopkins
41
The Move from Hopkins to Harvard
48
The New Department
53
Another Visual Representation the Cat ClareBishop Area
273
Encoding of Binocular Depth in a Cortical Area in the Monkey
282
The Nauta Method
286
Ocular Dominance Columns Revealed by Autoradiography
317
Regular Sequences of Orientation Shifts in Monkeys
325
Cortical Modules and Magnification in Monkeys
354
The First Three Kitten Deprivation Papers
369
Second Group of Deprivation Papers
404

Our First Paper on Cat Cortex 1959
59
Recordings from Fibers in the Monkey Optic Nerve
83
Recording from Cells in the Cat Lateral Geniculate
91
Our Major Paper on Cat Striate Cortex 1962
104
Recordings from Cat Prestriate Areas 18 and 19
141
Survey of the Monkey Lateral Geniculate BodyA Foray into Color
193
Recording Fibers in the Cat Corpus Callosum
231
Recordings in Monkey Striate Cortex 1968
244
The Siamese Cat
455
Cells Grouped in Orientation Columns in Newborn Monkeys
480
Plasticity and Development of Monkey Ocular Dominance Columns
493
Ferrier Lecture 1977
595
Nobel Lecture David H Hubel
657
Summing Up
705
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