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Cognitive Neuroscience (Visual System & Perception)

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Cognitive Neuroscience (Visual System & Perception) PSYCH UA-25

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Notes on visual system and perception, including analysis of research articles.
Cognitive Neuroscience
Clay Curtis
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Cognitive Neuroscience, cog neuro, neuroscience, neural science, psych, psychology nyu, NYU
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Date Created: 03/06/16
1.8. Visual System   Fovea: ​center of the retina. Vision is clearest in the fovea and it has the highest concentration of  rods and cones (photoreceptors). The r ​etina​is a heterogeneous structure where cells get larger  and less dense with greater distance from the fovea (also why our periphery is not as good).  Rods: ​respond to dim light. Good at differentiating in black and white. Not very receptive to  color. More concentrated around the periphery.   Cones:​  respond to color, and are concentrated in fovea.     Color is not a fundamental property of things around us. It is a trick of the visual system that  understands the absorption properties of the object.    Light conditions can change the perception of color­­ cones with different opsins are sensitive to  different wavelengths of color.     Short (blue)  Medium (green)  Long (red)      Primary Projection Pathways  Optic Chiasm: ​ crossing of optic nerves in the brain.     90% of nerves originate in Lateral Geniculate Nucleus (LGN). ​ This is the primary relay center  for visual information received by the retina. It is found in the thalamus so it makes sense why it  would be a relay. Remaining 10% terminate in the thalamus & superior colliculus.    Eye­­>Optic Nerve→ Optic Chiasm→ LGN­­­>(slingshots over to) V1. **    Coding in Ganglion & LGN Neurons   Visual neurons have receptive fields too so the stimulus must be in a particular region of space.   Ganglion & LGN cells have a center/surround organization that makes them very sensitive to  contrast.     Primary Visual Cortex (V1): ​ Info from LGN comes here. This is where visual information  makes the first cortical synapse. The cells here are simple, they care about orientation of a  particular region in space due to LGN cells.     Organization of V1  ● simple cells code for orientation  ● Distribution of simple cells follows gradient change in concentration.  ● information from left and right eyes are kept separate in alternatinOcular­Dominance  Columns ​ (stripes in the brain containing neurons that respond preferentially to info  coming from each eye).  ● Location, color & size are also represented here.     The visual system is not explicitly hierarchical. Processing is divided and specialized.             Brett Article: Functional Localization in the Brain   A review of methods used for reporting location in functional imaging, and discuss the problems  that arise from the variation in brain anatomy between individuals.     PET and fMRI= Awesome spatial res. Not as good temporal res.     Coregistration: ​ mapping fMRI image onto structural MRI.  Voxel:​ Volumetric pixel. “Imagining the brain as a lego cube.” Allows researchers to choose the  resolution we view the brain with.   Spatial Normalization:​  Taking individual brains and warping it to the template brain.   Stereotaxic Coordinates:​  A coordinate system in 3D (x,y,z)    3 Types of Labelling    Microanatomical Labels:​  Cytoarchitecture, neurotransmitters, neurons.  Macroanatomical Labels: ​ Gyri, sulci & main structures (deep brain nuclei)  Functional Labels: ​ Labelling according to function. Broca’s area, Wernicke’s area.(general  areas)    Talairach & Torneau: ​ Created awesome coordinate system. they align the axis with the  anterior and posterior commissures. They also prepared a template brain prepared with  Brodmann Areas.     Montreal Neural Institute (MNI) Coordinate System: T ​ook a lot of brains and averaged them  together to make a template brain. This is another way of trying to create a template.    Warping is supposed to make all of the brains as similar as possible. But a template brain can  cause slight differences in where activation is. Could mistakenly conclude a functional  difference, not an anatomical difference.     Tong Article: Binocular Rivalry  Region of Interest: ​ Region of the brain that is the interest of the experiment (FFA/PPA in this  case).   Counterbalancing:​  In any systematic setup (left vs right) most have alternating things to reduce  bias. ex. 5 subjects with red image in right eye is counterbalanced with 5 subjects with red  image in left eye.     Hypothesis:​  Has binocular rivalry been resolved by the time it gets to the FFA/PPA?   Yes, somewhere along the pathway it is resolved.     Firstlocalizer scans ​ were performed in each subject to locate their FFA and PPA. They used  non­rivalrous images.   Then ​rivalry scans​  were performed where the subjects were shown a house in one eye and a  face in the other. The images were actually superimposed on each other but there were red and  green filters over each eye so that only one eye was receiving each picture. Subjects perceived  an alternation between the pictures.   The ​non rivalry ​scans were done by showing the subjects one picture at a time for the same  length of time that they perceived them during the rivalry scan.     FFA responses are strongly modulated by voluntary selective attention. Also the FFA and PPA  are activated during imagining houses and faces as well.   ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­    Sternberg Memory Task:​  Participants are given a set of letters to memorize and then they are  shown a new set and asked to say if the new letters were in the first set.   Mental Chronometry: ​ The study of the time course of information processing in the human  nervous system   Associative Priming: ​ Reaction time to a stimulus is faster if that stimulus is preceded by a  stimulus of similar meaning (semantic priming). Associative priming also interacts with stimulus  degradation and with how distinctive a face is.     1.9. Perception Visual cortical magnification:​  Things in the fovea are disproportionately magnified. What we  see in the outside world gets mapped directly onto the brain. As you advance in the the  hierarchy the processes become more complex.     Specialization of Function: ​ (MT in monkeys, V5 in humans) Neuron only fires when the  stimulus is in its receptive field. Neuron only fires when the stimulus is moved in a certain  direction. Rate of fire is correlated with speed of motion.    Imaging Visual Areas: ​ Sensitivity to color vs motion. V4 is more attuned to deciphering color  whereas V5 is attuned to motion not color.      


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