Seeking Categories in the Brain

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Science  12 Jan 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5502, pp. 260-263
DOI: 10.1126/science.1058249

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Categorizing the objects that we see is a fundamental property of our brain and the brains of other mammals. In their enlightening Perspective, Thorpe and Fabre-Thorpe discuss exciting new findings in monkeys ( Freedman et al.) that identify neurons in the prefrontal cortex that are primarily responsible for categorizing objects.