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Brain and Visual PerceptionThe Story of a 25-year Collaboration$
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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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Epilogue: Summing Up

Epilogue: Summing Up

(p.705) Chapter 28 Epilogue: Summing Up
Brain and Visual Perception

David H. Hubel

Oxford University Press

The most remarkable thing about the collaboration between Hubel and Wiesel is the fact that that it continued for 25 years. It had the special quality that it was between equals, in age and in seniority. They regarded their work as mainly exploratory, although some experiments were done to answer specific questions. Above all, they tried to make their papers easier to read. Today, they have some concerns about the state of their field. These include the fading of neuroanatomy, the growing competition in visual-cortex physiology, and the increasing popularity of theory, sometimes called computation. As time went on, the main force contributing to their separation in 1980 was increasing pressure to do administration and teaching that they could not entirely avoid. This chapter ends with words of thanks to the societies that supported them.

Keywords:   neuroanatomy, administration, teaching, computation, theory

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