By Ralph Siegel
One other DAY within the MONKEY'S mind charts a neuroscientist's trip to appreciate the principal mysteries of recognition. Dr. Siegel begun his profession within the neurophysiology of imaginative and prescient within the Eighties, simply while the sector was once entering concentration with the arrival of recent computing and imaging applied sciences. As a pioneer within the means of mesoscopic imaging, he labored with a number of the giants in imaginative and prescient technological know-how: Torsten Wiesel, Francis Crick, Tom Albright etc. With perception and readability, he indicates how technology is equipped on such relationships. alongside the way in which, he offers a bright feel of the considerable pa. Read more...
Cover; Contents; creation; Preface; ONE: an afternoon within the MONKEY'S mind; : a quick SALK tale; 3: MY FIRST stumble upon WITH FRANCIS CRICK; 4: CHAOS in the course of the having a look GLASS; 5: vibrant MOMENTS; SIX: 8th street LINE AT FOURTEENTH highway; SEVEN: smooth instances; 8: visible IRREDENTISM; 9: CRITIQUE OF natural CORTICAL TOPOGRAPHY; TEN: watching for THE teach TO BALTIMORE; 11: TRIUMVIRATE; TWELVE: awareness; Notes; in regards to the writer; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; ok; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Z.
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I sat down. I looked out at the view. I looked to my left at this massive head, this spectacular view. Three windows of the Paciﬁc Ocean, with nothing in the distance except California scrub and hang gliders. I cannot remember just what happened, but in no time I was rattling on about my research. We know that neurons talk to each other across tiny gaps called synapses. The postsynaptic treelike structure of the dendrites modulated the effect of the neurotransmitter released from boutons; this had been extensively studied.
But the wagon-wheel illusion that Francis and David are going on about is a bit different. Apparently it can be observed in daylight. Lying on your back, staring at a rapidly spinning fan over your bed, you may perceive that the fan blades spontaneously change direction. As there is no external strobe, Francis and David reasoned, the strobe must be in your mind. Something is clocking the neurons in and out of sync. I have an almost visible picture of neurons ﬂickering in and out of coherent groups.
In 1986, at the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting, Newsome presented the physiological and behavioral data in the ﬁrst of two radical platform talks. In the second, Ken Britten presented the neurometric results. BRIGHT MOMENTS s 33 I remember few—if any—questions after the second talk. It was too new and different. I, at least, was dumbfounded. ” In time we understood. The Newsome, Britten, and Movshon study4 presented a monkey with a simple perceptual task and recorded from single neurons in the motion area MT.