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  Integration of local features into global shapes: monkey and human fMRI studies

Kourtzi, Z., Tolias, A., Altmann, C., Augath, M., & Logothetis, N. (2003). Integration of local features into global shapes: monkey and human fMRI studies. Poster presented at Third Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS 2003), Sarasota, FL, USA.

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Kourtzi, Z1, 2, 3, Author              
Tolias, AS2, 3, Author              
Altmann, CF1, 3, Author              
Augath, M2, 3, Author              
Logothetis, NK2, 3, Author              
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1Department Human Perception, Cognition and Action, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, ou_1497797              
2Department Physiology of Cognitive Processes, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, ou_1497798              
3Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, Spemannstrasse 38, 72076 Tübingen, DE, ou_1497794              

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 Abstract: The perception of global visual shapes entails the integration of local image features into global configurations. Traditionally, the visual system is thought to be hierarchically organized in early visual areas (V1, V2, V3, V4) that are involved in the analysis of simple local features and higher visual areas (regions in the inferotemporal cortex) that are implicated in the processing of complex global shapes. We investigated the integration of local image features into global shapes across visual areas in the monkey and the human brain using fMRI. An adaptation paradigm was used, in which stimulus selectivity was deduced by changes in the course of adaptation of a pattern of randomly oriented elements. Accordingly, we observed stronger activity after adaptation when orientation changes in the adapting stimulus resulted in a collinear shape than a different random pattern. This selectivity to collinear shapes was observed not only in higher visual areas, but also in early visual areas where selectivity depended on the receptive field size. These findings suggest that unified shape perception in both monkeys and humans involves multiple visual areas that may integrate local elements to global shapes at different spatial scales.

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 Dates: 2003-10
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1167/3.9.191
BibTex Citekey: KourtziTAAL2003
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Title: Third Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS 2003)
Place of Event: Sarasota, FL, USA
Start-/End Date: 2003-05-09 - 2003-05-14

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Title: Journal of Vision
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Publ. Info: Charlottesville, VA : Scholar One, Inc.
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 3 (9) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 191 Identifier: ISSN: 1534-7362
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/111061245811050