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Recognizing the gist of a visual scene: possible perceptual and neural mechanisms

Rasche, Christoph and Koch, Christof (2002) Recognizing the gist of a visual scene: possible perceptual and neural mechanisms. Neurocomputing, 44-46 . pp. 979-984. ISSN 0925-2312. doi:10.1016/S0925-2312(02)00500-3.

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We try to understand the basics of human image processing from a gist recognition perspective. Because the gist is only a subset of the image's information, we think that it is extracted with help of interpretation (feedback). In a perceptual section we list possible mechanisms that the interpretation process uses to determine the gist: in addition to the commonly known local-to-global perception evolvement, there is likely to be also a global-to-local evolvement direction, a coarse/fine scale, as well as a foreground/background scale. In a neural section we first summarize feedback connections that can possibly be involved in gist recognition. Second, we propose that the perceptual mechanisms are spread all over the cortex and that cortical visual computation occurs distributively rather than hierarchical.

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Additional Information:c2002 Published by Elsevier Science B.V. Available online 27 March 2002. This work was supported in part by the Engineering Research Centers Program of the National Science Foundation under Award Number EEC-9402726 and in part by the Swiss National Science Foundation.
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Subject Keywords:Vision; Gist; Scales; Feedback
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Official Citation:Christoph Rasche, Christof Koch, Recognizing the gist of a visual scene: possible perceptual and neural mechanisms, Neurocomputing, Volumes 44–46, June 2002, Pages 979-984, ISSN 0925-2312, (
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