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The Neural Basis of Object Recognition

Irving Biederman

May 2, 2009
1 hours 08 minutes
Irving Biederman


Dr. Irving Biederman is the Harold W. Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Southern California, where he is a member of the Departments of Psychology, Computer Science, and Neuroscience and Director of the Image Understanding Laboratory.


"The Neural Basis of (Object) Shape Recognition"

Abstract: About twenty years ago, a proposal was advanced that a considerable range of behavioral phenomena associate with human object recognition can be understood in terms of a representation positing an arrangement of simple part primitives distinguished by viewpoint invariant properties (= geons). Recent research on optical imaging as well as single unit activity of cells in macaque IT and behavioral fMRI studies in humans provide a surprisingly strong neural confirmation of this proposal.