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Evidence for perceptual learning in vision


Wehrhahn,  C
Department Physiology of Cognitive Processes, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Wehrhahn, C. (2000). Evidence for perceptual learning in vision. In H. Ritter, H. Cruse, & J. Dean (Eds.), Prerational Intelligence: Adaptive Behavior and Intelligent Systems Without Symbols and Logic (pp. 1140-1150). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0013-E5D7-8
Studies of the developing visual system of mammals have shown that at birth the visual cortex is to a large extent wired up and ready to be operated on by experience. If animals are deprived of early visual experience, dramatic changes in the structure of their visual cortex will occur. There is a critical period early in life in which both innate neural wiring and visual experience must interact in order to ensure proper development of the visual system. Throughout life, experience continues to modulate the fine pattern of cortical connections, allowing us to acquire new skills and knowledge (Wiesel 1994).