Pioneering research helps to unravel the brain’s vision secrets.
A new study led by scientists at the Universities of York and Bradford has identified the two areas of the brain responsible for our perception of orientation and shape. The research found that the two neighbouring areas of the cortex – each about the size of a 5p coin and known as human visual field maps – process the different types of visual information independently.
The research demonstrates how processing of different aspects of visual objects, such as orientation and shape, occurs independently and in different brain areas that lie side by side. Another mystery is now to understand how this information is combined across these and other brain areas and how it ultimately leads to object recognition.