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Single Neuron Studies of the Human BrainProbing Cognition$
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Itzhak Fried, Ueli Rutishauser, Moran Cerf, and Gabriel Kreiman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027205

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027205.001.0001

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Visual Cognitive Adventures of Single Neurons in the Human Medial Temporal Lobe

Visual Cognitive Adventures of Single Neurons in the Human Medial Temporal Lobe

(p.121) 8 Visual Cognitive Adventures of Single Neurons in the Human Medial Temporal Lobe
Single Neuron Studies of the Human Brain

Itzhak Fried

The MIT Press

This chapter summarizes some of the work examining visual cognition through recordings of single neurons in the human medial temporal lobe (MTL). These recordings were performed in patients with pharmacologically intractable epilepsy as part of the procedure to determine the seizure focus for surgical resection. Neurons respond to complex stimuli, sometimes associating seemingly distinct stimuli, typically with sparse responses and long latencies. These recordings have opened the doors to interrogate the human brain at unprecedented resolution and are beginning to reveal a bewildering complexity in the representation of the inner cognitive world.

Keywords:   Medial temporal lobe, Visual cognition, Sparseness, Invariance, Associations, Learning, Memory, Latency

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