Description - Perceptual Learning by Manfred Fahle
Perceptual learning is the specific and relatively permanent modification of perception and behaviour following sensory experience. It encompasses parts of the learning process that are independent from conscious forms of learning and involve structural and/or functional changes in primary sensory cortices. A familiar example is the treatment for a "lazy" or crossed eye. Covering the good eye causes gradual improvement in the weaker eye's cortical representations. If the good eye is patched too long, however, it learns to see less acutely. This book presents advances made during the 1990s in this rapidly growing field. The first part examines neuronal changes caused by lesions or external influences. It discusses the effects of these changes on behaviour and the extent to which plasticity in sensory systems is possible. Taking a broader view, the second part looks at how more conscious or systemic stimuli cause cortical changes. Clinical trials in which subjects are taught to recognize visual and auditory stimuli demonstrate the relationship between perceptual and cognitive learning. The final sections offer general models of perceptual learning and discuss the future of the field.
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Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
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Author Biography - Manfred Fahle
Manfred Fahle is Head of the Institute of Brain Research IV and the Unit for Human Neurobiology at the University of Bremen and a Visiting Professor at University College London, Institute of Ophthalmology. Tomaso Poggio is Uncas and Helen Whittaker Professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is coauthor of Theoretical Approaches to Neurobiology (MIT Press, 1980).