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Top-down projections to the primary visual areas necessary for object recognition: A case study

Authors
Journal
Vision Research
0042-6989
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
50
Issue
11
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.visres.2010.03.018
Keywords
  • Visual Agnosia
  • Object Recognition
  • Global Versus Local Processing
  • Top-Down Versus Bottom-Up Processes
Disciplines
  • Linguistics

Abstract

Abstract We present a patient, who, following a right posterior ischemia, showed a selective deficit in visually recognising pictures, objects and faces. She was able to read and comprehend any kind of written material and could recognise letters and numbers. Her inability to recognise pictures did not arise from a deficit at the structural description level and/or from a poor semantic knowledge of the stimuli. We argue that her recognition deficit arose from an inability in combining the different elements of the visual stimuli in an unitary percept. Results are discussed in terms of dissociations between local versus global processing, as well as bottom-up versus top-down mechanisms.

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