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On Information Processing in the Visual System of Vertebrates. 1
In the domain of form recognition the human visual system surpasses by far the capacity of actually existing technical devices designed to serve the same purpose. Therefore it appears advantageous to undertake a communication-theoretic function-description and structure-description of the biological system in order to gain suggestions for the solution of technical problems and in order to make possible the adaptation of technical apparatus to human beings. Over and above this an understanding of visual information processing will probably permit inferences to be drawn regarding the functioning of fairly large parts of the brain since the information picked up by the peripheral sense organs is processed in similarly structured networks in the cerebrum. The following investigation is based essentially on the electrophysiological studies of Hubel and Wiesel on the visual cortex of cats and monkeys.
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