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Perception. 1997;26(9):1073-88.

The combination of filters in early spatial vision: a retrospective analysis of the MIRAGE model.

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Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London, UK.


Since the discovery of spatial-frequency-tuned channels in the visual system, most theories attempting to account for pattern encoding have assumed that the filters can be independently accessed and flexibly combined. We review here an alternative model, 'MIRAGE', in which the filters are inflexibly combined before pattern analysis. In the MIRAGE model the half-wave rectified outputs of all spatial-frequency channels are combined before locating spatial zero-bounded regions in the neural image, which serve as the spatial primitives for pattern analysis. We describe the evidence that led to this model, and review recent evidence on the rules of filter combination.

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