Achromatic shape processing in the inferotemporal cortex of the macaque

Tamás Tompa, Gyula Sáry, Zoltán Chadaide, Károly Köteles, Gyula Kovács, György Benedek

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The responses of single neurones in the inferior temporal cortex of awake macaque monkeys to chromatic and achromatic stimuli were investigated, with the aim of determining whether colour-independent processing occurs in this last unimodal area of the ventral visual pathway. There were no differences in the firing rate of the responses (responsiveness) or the selectivity of the inferior temporal neurons towards greyscale and coloured images. The latency of the responses was the same in the two conditions. These results stress the importance of the inferior temporal cortex in colour-independent object recognition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-61
Number of pages5
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 19 2005



  • Colour vision
  • Object vision
  • Primate vision
  • Single cell electrophysiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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