Primate visual cortex

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Primates are highly visual creatures, and the evolution of the primate brain has been the growth and diversification of the visual cortical areas. Thus, primate visual cortex consists of a multitude of discrete visual areas, each of which performs a unique contribution to image processing or perception. In this article, we first explore the anatomical, physiological and perceptual properties that allow distinct areas to be defined, followed by a detailed description of the most important visual sensory areas. Finally, we describe a number of computational principles that are evident in a range of cortical areas.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNeuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780128093245
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Cortex
  • Cortical areas
  • DM
  • IT
  • Primate
  • Striate cortex
  • V1
  • V2
  • V4
  • Vision

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Zavitz, E., Rosa, M. G. P., & Price, N. S. C. (2017). Primate visual cortex. In Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology (pp. 753-773). Elsevier.