Visual system architecture

Jonathan Winawer, Hiroshi Horiguchi

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Because of the complexity of visual system architecture, it is useful to identify a few organizing principles. One such principle is the segregation and recombination of signals at multiple stages of processing. Consider the visual image itself. A single visual scene gives rise to two distinct images, one in each eye. These two images are encoded by the two retinas and then combined into binocular representations in the brain. By first separating and then recombining the image, the visual system can extract useful information about the environment. In the following text, we describe the pathways involved in this process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Visual Optics, Volume One
Subtitle of host publicationFundamentals and Eye Optics
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781482237863
ISBN (Print)9781482237856
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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