Distance Modulation of Neural Activity in the Visual Cortex

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Science  24 Jul 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5376, pp. 552-555
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5376.552

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Humans use distance information to scale the size of objects. Earlier studies demonstrated changes in neural response as a function of gaze direction and gaze distance in the dorsal visual cortical pathway to parietal cortex. These findings have been interpreted as evidence of the parietal pathway's role in spatial representation. Here, distance-dependent changes in neural response were also found to be common in neurons in the ventral pathway leading to inferotemporal cortex of monkeys. This result implies that the information necessary for object and spatial scaling is common to all visual cortical areas.

  • * Present address: Vision Science Research Center, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294–4390, USA.

  • To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: adobbins{at}

  • Present address: Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Meliora Hall, River Campus, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627, USA.

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