Neural Representations and Categorization of Visual Input in the Brain
thesisposted on 2019-08-08, 18:30 authored by Prachi Mahableshwarkar
The functional organization of the visual processing system effectively serves to solve
difficult recognition and classification problems. Given a large amount of information, the visual
processing system is able to retrieve critical bits and produce a salient understanding of the
world. This impressive, calculated ability is supported by neural substrates that have been well
defined through extensive research. The seemingly spontaneous recognition of objects and
classification of scenes results from a series of computations through the visual pathway. In
order to understand how these complex abilities are supported by neural substrate, research must
target the individual abilities and contributions of regions that process visual information.
Understanding the functionality of areas in the visual processing stream will elucidate the
computational mechanisms of recognition and classification.
Advisor(s)Michael J. Tarr