Perceptual Organization of the Brain

| November 22, 2010

How does the brain organizes perceptual units?

The latest research indicates that multiple stimuli can be present simultaneously in the visual fields that compete for neural representation.  And the same time, multiple stimuli in cluttered scenes also undergo perceptual organization according to certain rules originally defined by the Gestalt psychologists such as similarity or proximity, thereby segmenting scenes into candidate objects.

Article: Defining the Units of Competition: Influences of Perceptual Organization on Competitive Interactions in Human Visual Cortex

Publication: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience

Date: November 2010, Vol. 22, No. 11, Pages 2417-2426

Columbia University Library Link: http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/full/10.1162/jocn.2009.21391