Watching Single Cells Pay Attention

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Science  22 Apr 2005:
Vol. 308, Issue 5721, pp. 503-504
DOI: 10.1126/science.1112616

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Visual search is a task that each of us rapidly and efficiently performs a thousand times a day, from searching for a coffee cup to looking for a face in a crowd. As a society, we have created many artificial and imperfect but critically important search tasks, such as airport baggage screening and routine mammography. In his Perspective, Wolfe discusses new work ( Bichot et al.) that provides insights into how the primate brain performs complex visual search tasks, which might shed light on ways to improve the imperfect artificial search tasks on which we all depend.