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The Brain Basis of Human Vision

The Brain Basis of Human Vision

This video was recorded at MIT World Series: Soap Box. Nancy Kanwisher's breakthrough scanning research reveals "a teeny part of an answer to the big question of what kinds of brains we have," she says. Her work depends on functional MRI, a way of imaging people's brains that detects areas of high neural activity. Kanwisher focuses on vision, to which almost 1/2 of the human cortex is dedicated. "Before fMRI, we knew almost nothing about how that part of the brain was organized," says Kanwisher. In some of her earliest work, she put her subjects in the fMRI machine, showed them pictures of faces and objects and scanned their heads. She found an area that lit up exclusively in response to the faces. She has found other regions since then, "kind of mind-blowing, because nobody predicted... Show More

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