Dorsal and ventral streams across sensory modalities

Neurosci Bull. 2012 Jun;28(3):291-300. doi: 10.1007/s12264-012-1223-9.


In this review, we describe the current models of dorsal and ventral streams in vision, audition and touch. Available theories take their first steps from the model of Milner and Goodale, which was developed to explain how human actions can be efficiently carried out using visual information. Since then, similar concepts have also been applied to other sensory modalities. We propose that advances in the knowledge of brain functioning can be achieved through models explaining action and perception patterns independently from sensory modalities.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Feedback, Sensory / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Perception / physiology*
  • Psychomotor Performance / physiology*