Neuronal Mechanisms of the First, Second, and Third Order Contrast in the Visual System

  • G. Baumgartner
  • E. Peterhans
  • R. von der Heydt
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Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN, volume 38)


Illusions have been used extensively in sensory physiology as an access to the functional organization of sensory systems. This is shown for example by MACH’s bands and his explanation of this phenomenon by a negative lateral retinal interaction. They are useful also in neurophysiology and many can be correlated with the activities of single neurons at different levels of processing (BAUM-GARTNER /I/; v.d.HEYDT et al./2/; PETERHANS et al./3/).


Receptive Field Illusory Contour Subjective Contour Lateral Geniculate Body Area Contrast 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Baumgartner
  • E. Peterhans
    • 1
  • R. von der Heydt
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeurologyUniversity HospitalZürichSwitzerland

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