'Breaking' position-invariant object recognition

Title'Breaking' position-invariant object recognition
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsCox DD, Meier P, Oertelt N, DiCarlo JJ
JournalNature Neuroscience
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, Eye Movements, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Orientation, Pattern Recognition, Photic Stimulation, Predictive Value of Tests, Psychomotor Performance, Retention {(Psychology)}, Visual

While it is often assumed that objects can be recognized irrespective of where they fall on the retina, little is known about the mechanisms underlying this ability. By exposing human subjects to an altered world where some objects systematically changed identity during the transient blindness that accompanies eye movements, we induced predictable object confusions across retinal positions, effectively 'breaking' position invariance. Thus, position invariance is not a rigid property of vision but is constantly adapting to the statistics of the environment.

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