12.24.2010

Review: The Mind's Eye, by Oliver Sacks

For those of us whose vision is relatively unimpaired, the world appears a coherent place. We see words on a page or the face of a loved one sitting across the table from us and can easily recognize both as what they are. This is enabled by complex visual circuitry in the brain, which is divided into discrete areas, each responsible for “seeing” different things. There are groups of neurons that specialize in faces, others in words, and yet others that are responsible for detecting movement. The brain then combines these different pieces together (just how is not fully understood) to form a coherent whole.


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