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This finding provided persuasive early evidence for two separate subsystems within the visual system, sometimes referred to as the ‘what’ and ‘where’ systems. The former is mediated by the lateral geniculate pathway whilst the latter is mediated by the collicular pathway. This dissociation is supported by the clinical phenomenon of blindsight (see Chapter 3) in which cortically blind patients may be able to correctly guess the position of a target in a blind part of their visual field even though they are quite unable to identify that target and may, in the extreme case, have no conscious awareness of the target at all.

Where such conflicts arise, context must be invoked in order to resolve the possible interpretations. Top-down processes enable us to read poor handwriting and recognise upside-down or obscured objects. 13b (and c) of two equally badly handwritten sentences which are, however, very different in the ease with which they can be read. The reason for this difference is that one sentence makes sense and the other does not. Expectations are generated by the context so that hypotheses can be generated.

Instead, groups of receptor cells are gathered together to form overlapping, differently sized receptive fields. All retinal cells project to the optic disk at the back of the eye where they join with other axons to form the optic nerve. The optic nerves of each eye converge at a point called the optic chiasm. The optic chiasm organises the flow of information from the left and right halves of the visual world, referred to as the left visual field (LVF) and the right visual field (RVF) respectively.

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