[visionlist] What can retinotopy tell us about how the brain allows us to see?

Jorge Almeida jorgecbalmeida at gmail.com
Tue Sep 26 09:58:27 -04 2023

Just some context that I should have given (sorry!!!). This comes from 1)
the beautiful discussions on the functional role of retinotopy for instance
between people like Jon Kaas and others (e.g., "Kaas, J (1997). Topographic
maps are fundamental to sensory processing. Brain Research Bulletin, 44(2),
107-112. vs. Weinberg, R. (1997). Are topographic maps fundamental to
sensory processing?  Brain Research Bulletin, 44(2), 113-116.); and 2)
trying to understand how, in general, topographic maps such as retinotopy
can be important functionally (and not just neurally) and can guide our
understanding of how the mind works (at different levels of abstraction).
Thank you all so much!
jorge almeida

On Mon, Sep 25, 2023 at 11:51 PM Jorge Almeida <jorgecbalmeida at gmail.com>

> Dear all,
> I was wondering if some of you can point me to a set of papers (or just
> send out some ideas) on whether and how the fact that we show that visual
> cortex is organized in a retinotipic map (or tonotopy in auditory cortex)
> is important in understanding how vision works/the brain allows for visual
> processes.
> That is, is there a function for retinotopy as it comes to vision? How
> does showing retinotopic maps tell us anything about how vision works
> (mostly we focus on things like reducing connections and thus saving
> energy)? How does it impact visual processing? What have we learnt about
> visual cognition from retinotopy? Perhaps even, are there visual effects
> that are a consequence of retinotopy?
> Sorry if the formulation of the question is not super clear and thanks in
> advance!
> Jorge Almeida
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