IMAGES & SCIENCE / THE PROCESSING OF VISUAL SIGNALS IN THE BRAIN: A RESEARCH BY KU LEUVEN AND HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL

© ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – LACER/ACTIONS 2012 - GRAPHIC LAY OUT FROM THE OFFICIAL POSTER OF "COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE" SHOW

© ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – LACER/ACTIONS 2012 – GRAPHIC LAY OUT FROM THE OFFICIAL POSTER OF “COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE” SHOW

I work with images and colors for my “Lacer/actions” project (pics of torn and decomposed publicity posters on billboard spaces). And I read some interesting news at KU Leuven Focus Monthly (see link below for the complete article)…  

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Once rhesus monkeys learn to associate a picture with a reward, the reward by itself becomes enough to alter the activity in the monkeys’ visual cortex. This finding was made by neurophysiologists Wim Vanduffel and John Arsenault (KU Leuven and Harvard Medical School) and American colleagues using functional brain scans and was published recently in the leading journal Neuron.

Our visual perception is not determined solely by retinal activity. Other factors also influence the processing of visual signals in the brain. “Selective attention is one such factor,” says Professor Wim Vanduffel. “The more attention you pay to a stimulus, the better your visual perception is and the more effective your visual cortex is at processing that stimulus. Another factor is the reward value of a stimulus: when a visual signal becomes associated with a reward, it affects our processing of that visual signal. In this study, we wanted to investigate how a reward influences activity in the visual cortex.”

Link to complete article:

http://www.kuleuven.be/english/news/reward-linked-to-image-is-enough-to-activate-brains-visual-cortex

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