Vision

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MIT Press, 1992 - Medical - 559 pages

In this textbook on the physiology of vision, Buser and Imbert synthesize the data inthe field, proceeding from the biophysics of retinal receptors to processing in the visual areas ofthe cortex. Although the focus is on mammalian studies, some data from comparative physiology areincluded. In just five chapters the authors cover the structure and organization of the retina, thephysical characteristics of visual stimuli, the psychophysical laws of visual sensation (absolutethresholds, retinal adaptation, visual acuity, temporal resolution, movement perception, colorvision, and stereopsis), the genesis and elaboration of signals in the retina, and mechanisms in thecentral visual pathways.Like Buser and Imbert's companion sensory neurophysiology text Audition,Vision has been translated and updated from the original French in a style that is straightforwardand concise. It includes 248 carefully chosen and fully captioned illustrations that will make itaccessible to upper-level undergraduate and graduate students in the basic and clinicalneurosciences, to students in courses on perception and psychophysics in psychology departments, aswell as to researchers in computer vision who are interested in biological vision.Pierre Buser isProfessor in the Department of Comparative Neurophysiology at the Université Pierre et Marie Curiein Paris. Michel Imbert is Professor in the Department of Visual Neuroscience, also at theUniversité Pierre et Marie Curie. R. H. Kay is Emeritus Fellow of Keble College, Oxford.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
TOPOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCES IN RECEPTOR DISTRIBUTIONS
9
INTERMEDIATE CELLULAR LAYERS
26
GANGLION CELL LAYER
32
GLIAL CELLS
43
FUNDAMENTAL PHOTOMETRIC UNITS
50
COLORIMETRIC UNITS AND QUANTITIES
60
The Psychophysical Laws of Visual Sensation
81
REAL COLOR VISION
151
AFTERIMAGES
172
Genesis and Elaboration of Signals in the Retina
194
THE ELECTRORETINOGRAM
230
THE OPERATION OF RETINAL RECEPTORS
249
THE NEURONAL NETWORK IN THE RETINA
277
CODING OF THE SPATIOTEMPORAL CHARACTERISTICS OF LIGHT
296
Mechanisms in the Central Visual Pathways
323

ADAPTATION IN THE RETINA
93
SIMULTANEOUS CONTRAST VISUAL ACUITY AND SPATIAL FREQUENCY
108
TEMPORAL RESOLUTION
131
MOVEMENT PERCEPTION
137
THE VISUAL AREAS OF THE CORTEX
383
THE DEVELOPING VISUAL SYSTEM
493
Index
543
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About the author (1992)

Pierre Buser is Professor in the Department of Comparative Neurophysiology at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris.

Michel Imbert is Professor in the Department of Visual Neuroscience at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie. R. H. Kay is Emeritus Fellow of Keble College, Oxford.

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