Computational role of eccentricity dependent cortical magnification.

TitleComputational role of eccentricity dependent cortical magnification.
Publication TypeCBMM Memo
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsPoggio T, Mutch J, Isik L
Date Published06/2014

We develop a sampling extension of M-theory focused on invariance to scale and translation. Quite surprisingly, the theory predicts an architecture of early vision with increasing receptive field sizes and a high resolution fovea — in agreement with data about the cortical magnification factor, V1 and the retina. From the slope of the inverse of the magnification factor, M-theory predicts a cortical “fovea” in V1 in the order of 40 by 40 basic units at each receptive field size — corresponding to a foveola of size around 26 minutes of arc at the highest resolution, ≈6 degrees at the lowest resolution. It also predicts uniform scale invariance over a fixed range of scales independently of eccentricity, while translation invariance should depend linearly on spatial frequency. Bouma’s law of crowding follows in the theory as an effect of cortical area-by-cortical area pooling; the Bouma constant is the value expected if the signature responsible for recognition in the crowding experiments originates in V2. From a broader perspective, the emerging picture suggests that visual recognition under natural conditions takes place by composing information from a set of fixations, with each fixation providing recognition from a space-scale image fragment — that is an image patch represented at a set of increasing sizes and decreasing resolutions.

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