Journal of Vision 15:1-22 (2015)

Authors
Birgitta Dresp-Langley
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Abstract
Following the pioneering studies of the receptive field (RF), the concept gained further significance for visual perception by the discovery of input effects from beyond the classical RF. These studies demonstrated that neuronal responses could be modulated by stimuli outside their RFs, consistent with the perception of induced brightness, color, orientation, and motion. Lesion scotomata are similarly modulated perceptually from the surround by RFs that have migrated from the interior to the outer edge of the scotoma and in this way provide filling-in of the void. Large RFs are advantageous to this task. In higher visual areas, such as the middle temporal and inferotemporal lobe, RFs increase in size and lose most of their retinotopic organization while encoding increasingly complex features. Whereas lowerlevel RFs mediate perceptual filling-in, contour integration, and figure–ground segregation, RFs at higher levels serve the perception of grouping by common fate, biological motion, and other biologically relevant stimuli, such as faces. Studies in alert monkeys while freely viewing natural scenes showed that classical and nonclassical RFs cooperate in forming representations of the visual world. Today, our understanding of the mechanisms underlying the RF is undergoing a quantum leap. What had started out as a hierarchical feedforward concept for simple stimuli, such as spots, lines, and bars, now refers to mechanisms involving ascending, descending, and lateral signal flow. By extension of the bottom-up paradigm, RFs are nowadays understood as adaptive processors, enabling the predictive coding of complex scenes. Top-down effects guiding attention and tuned to task-relevant information complement the bottom-up analysis.
Keywords classic receptive field  contextual effects  Gestalt
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Translate to english
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

 PhilArchive page | Other versions
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

A Saliency Map in Primary Visual Cortex.Zhaoping Li - 2002 - Trends in Cognitive Sciences 6 (1):9-16.

View all 7 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Inferring Contextual Field Interactions From Scalp EEG.Mark E. Pflieger - 2003 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 26 (1):99-100.
An Internal Teacher for Neural Computation.Dario Floreano - 1997 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 20 (4):687-688.
Mechanisms of Visual Perceptual Learning in Macaque Visual Cortex.Rufin Vogels - 2010 - Topics in Cognitive Science 2 (2):239-250.
Conscious and Veridical Motion Perception in a Human Hemianope.A. B. Morland - 1999 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 6 (5):43-53.
In Search of Common Foundations for Cortical Computation.William A. Phillips & Wolf Singer - 1997 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 20 (4):657-683.
'Tis All in Pieces (Separate RFs and CFs), All Coherence Gone.Ernst Neibur & Marius Usher - 1997 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 20 (4):693-694.
Receptive Field Organization of Simple and Complex Cells.Paul Heggelund - 1985 - In David Rose & Vernon Dobson (eds.), Models of the Visual Cortex. New York: Wiley.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2015-09-20

Total views
187 ( #61,704 of 2,499,038 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
15 ( #53,274 of 2,499,038 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes