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Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195176186

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176186.001.0001

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Ferrier Lecture, 1977

Ferrier Lecture, 1977

(p.595) Chapter 26 Ferrier Lecture, 1977
Brain and Visual Perception

David H. Hubel

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a Ferrier Lecture entitled “Functional Architecture of Macaque Monkey Visual Cortex”. The lecture considers a view of the cortex as containing a thousand sand machines of similar structure. Each machine contains two types of hypercolumns, whose functions are dovetailed with each other and with the topographical map. This dicing up into subdivisions is the way the cortex handles or represents orientation and ocular dominance besides the two obvious visual-field positional variables. An interesting aspect is the very orderliness of the architecture.

Keywords:   Ferrier Lecture, functional architecture, ocular dominance, hypercolumns, orientation, macaque monkey, visual cortex

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