Models of Neural Networks IV

Early Vision and Attention

  • J. Leo van Hemmen
  • Jack D. Cowan
  • Eytan Domany

Part of the Physics of Neural Networks book series (NEURAL NETWORKS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. John van Opstal
    Pages 47-95
  3. K. Funke, Z. F. Kisvárday, M. Volgushev, F. Wörgötter
    Pages 97-182
  4. E. Peterhans, R. van der Zwan, B. Heider, F. Heitger
    Pages 217-245
  5. Ernst Niebur, Laurent Itti, Christof Koch
    Pages 247-276
  6. J. Eggert, J. L. van Hemmen
    Pages 277-312
  7. Rob de Ruyter, William Bialek
    Pages 313-371
  8. Wolfgang Maass
    Pages 373-402
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 403-413

About this book


Close this book for a moment and look around you. You scan the scene by directing your attention, and gaze, at certain specific objects. Despite the background, you discern them. The process is partially intentional and partially preattentive. How all this can be done is described in the fourth volume of Models of Neural Networks devoted to Early Vision and Atten­ tion that you are holding in your hands. Early vision comprises the first stages of visual information processing. It is as such a scientific challenge whose clarification calls for a penetrating review. Here you see the result. The Heraeus Foundation (Hanau) is to be thanked for its support during the initial phase of this project. John Hertz, who has extensive experience in both computational and ex­ perimental neuroscience, provides in "Neurons, Networks, and Cognition" to neural modeling. John Van Opstal explains in a theoretical introduction "The Gaze Control System" how the eye's gaze control is performed and presents a novel theoretical description incorporating recent experimental results. We then turn to the relay stations thereafter, the lateral genicu­ late nucleus (LGN) and the primary visual cortex. Their anatomy, phys­ iology, functional relations, and ensuing response properties are carefully analyzed by Klaus Funke et al. in "Integrating Anatomy and Physiology of the Primary Visual Pathway: From LGN to Cortex", one of the most comprehensive reviews that is available at the moment.


Cortex anatomy cortical recording experimental neuroscience figure-ground segregation neural modeling neural networks perception preattentive scene segmentation primary visual pathway scene segmentation spiking neurons visual attention visual information processing visual selective attention

Editors and affiliations

  • J. Leo van Hemmen
    • 1
  • Jack D. Cowan
    • 2
  • Eytan Domany
    • 3
  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikTechnische Universität MünchenGarching bei MünchenGermany
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Department of ElectronicsWeizmann Institute of ScienceRehovotIsrael

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-2875-7
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-21703-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0939-3145
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