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Hierarchical organization and neuronal response latencies in the primate visual system

Lookup NU author(s): Filippo Petroni, Dr Stefano Panzeri, Dr Jack Scannell, Professor Malcolm Young


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While the anatomical connectivity of the macaque visual system is organized hierarchically, many dorsal cortical visual areas respond nearly simultaneously to flashed stimuli. Does this contradict hierarchical processing? To address this issue, we constructed an integrate-and-fire network, consisting of M and P layers of LGN, and of several visual cortical areas for which latency data were available. The neural network implemented the areas' known laminar connectivity. The model displayed simultaneous onset of activity in several dorsal stream areas, closely matching experimental observations. Thus, anatomical organization and neurophysiological data are not contradictory, and hierarchical processing does not imply sequential response timing. © 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Petroni F, Panzeri S, Hilgetag CC, Kotter R, Scannell JW, Young MP

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Neurocomputing

Year: 2001

Volume: 38-40

Pages: 1519-1523

ISSN (print): 0925-2312

ISSN (electronic): 1872-8286

Publisher: Elsevier BV


DOI: 10.1016/S0925-2312(01)00542-2


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