Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science

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Ventral Stream, The

  • Robert L. Whitwell
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_2771-1



A parallel, hierarchically organized series (i.e., “stream”) of interconnected structures in the occipital and temporal cortex (TC).


The ventral visual stream refers to a parallel series of relatively hierarchically organized cortico-cortical projections that arise chiefly from extrastriate visual areas of the occipital cortex and innervate structures in and around the inferior TC (Kravitz et al. 2013). Neighboring cortical structures of the ventral visual stream are typically heavily reciprocally connected, in line with a hierarchical organization of progressive abstraction of visual input. Ventral stream structures, like all others in primate cortex, are typically delineated according to their morphology, connectivity, and functional properties across microscopic and macroscopic scales of observation and show close homologies across human and nonhuman...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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  • Russell Jackson
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  1. 1.University of IdahoMoscowUSA