Another project is the study of coding of information by neurons in the visual pathway. Recordings are made of electrical activity of neurons in the lateral geniculate nucleus and the visual cortex of alert, trained monkeys. These are basic studies designed to discover the neural mechanisms that make vision such an important asset. Experiments will emphasize the ways that visual aspects of the natural environment are coded by neurons in the visual pathway, including the influence of eye movements. Many people have theorized that important aspects of primate vision have evolved in response to selection pressures related to foraging for food, and this proposal will be tested as part of the research program.
Affiliated Research Units
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