Perceptual learning: is V1 up to the task?

Curr Biol. 2004 Aug 24;14(16):R671-3. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2004.08.016.


Our ability to make fine visual discriminations improves with practice, and so at some level so must our visual system. A new paper reports that the receptive field structure of a neuron can be fine-tuned for different visual tasks. These findings raise important questions about the circuitry and mechanisms that underly perceptual learning.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Attention / physiology
  • Discrimination Learning / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Models, Neurological
  • Neurons, Afferent / physiology*
  • Visual Cortex / physiology*
  • Visual Fields / physiology
  • Visual Perception / physiology*