Processing of complex stimuli and natural scenes in the visual cortex

Christoph Kayser*, Konrad P. Körding, Peter König

*Corresponding author for this work

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A major part of vision research builds on the assumption that processing of visual stimuli can be understood on the basis of knowledge about the processing of simplified, artificial stimuli. Recent experimental advances, however, show that a combination of responses to simplified stimuli does not adequately describe responses to natural visual scenes. The systems performance exceeds the performance predicted from understanding its basic constituents. This highlights the fact that the visual system is specifically adapted to the properties of its everyday input and can only fully be understood when probed with naturalistic stimuli.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)468-473
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent opinion in neurobiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2004


  • RF
  • V1
  • nCRF
  • non-classical receptive field
  • primary visual cortex
  • receptive field

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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