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  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 2005
  • pp: 2222–2229

Border-ownership-dependent tilt aftereffect

Rüdiger von der Heydt, Todd Macuda, and Fangtu T. Qiu  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 22, Issue 10, pp. 2222-2229 (2005)

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Single-cell recordings from macaque visual cortex have shown orientation-selective neurons in area in V2 code for border ownership [ J. Neurosci. 20, 6594 (2000) ]: Each piece of contrast border is represented by two pools of neurons whose relative firing rate indicates the side of border ownership. Here we show that the human visual cortex uses a similar coding scheme by demonstrating a border-ownership-contingent tilt aftereffect. The aftereffect was specific for the adapted location, indicating that the adapted neurons have small receptive fields. We conclude that figure–ground organization is represented by border-ownership-selective neurons at early stages in the human visual cortex.

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OCIS Codes
(330.4270) Vision, color, and visual optics : Vision system neurophysiology
(330.5020) Vision, color, and visual optics : Perception psychology
(330.7310) Vision, color, and visual optics : Vision

ToC Category:
Form Perception

Original Manuscript: March 24, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: April 11, 2005
Published: October 1, 2005

Rüdiger von der Heydt, Todd Macuda, and Fangtu T. Qiu, "Border-ownership-dependent tilt aftereffect," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 22, 2222-2229 (2005)

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