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Visual perception

The mammalian vertebrate visual system has a partial division of labor. In general, the parvocellular system is specialized for perception of color and fine details. The magnocellular system is specialized for perception of depth, movement, and overall patterns. One system in the cerebral cortex is responsible for shape perception. Damage to specific areas beyond the primary visual cortex can impair specific aspects of vision, such as facial recognition, color constancy, and motion perception.

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  • National Eye Institute
    The National Eye Institute (NEI) was established by Congress in 1968 to protect and prolong the vision of the American people. As one of the Federal government's National Institutes of Health (NIH), the NEI conducts and supports research that helps prevent and treat eye diseases and other disorders of vision.
  • Vision Science
    An Internet Resource for Research in Human and Animal Vision

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