28 September 2001
Vol 293, Issue 5539

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COVER Johannes Vermeer's "The Painter in His Studio" (also known as "The Art of Painting") and an anatomical drawing from René Descartes' Dioptrice et Meteora illustrate human perception of objects. Distinct patterns of response are evoked in the human brain by perception of different categories of objects--for example, faces, chairs, and shoes. 2425 [Vermeer: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna/Bridgeman Art Library; Descartes: 1677 edition, collection of David Foldi]