RIKEN Review, (1985) 9: 3-4.

Neuronal mechanisms of object recognition

Keiji Tanaka, Ichiro Fujita, Eucaly Kobatake, Minami Ito, Kang Cheng, and Hiroshi Tamura
Laboratory for Neural Information Processing, Frontier Research Program

Recognition of objects from their visual images is a key function of the primate brain. This recognition is not the template matching between the input image and stored images like the vision in lower animals but is a flexible process in which considerable changes in images, resulting from different illumination, viewing angle, and articulation of the object, can be tolerated. We have investigated information processing in the inferotemporal cortex of the monkey brain to elucidate the neuronal mechanisms of the object-recognition process.