Michael S. Falconbridge

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Slightly modified versions of an early Hebbian/anti-Hebbian neural network are shown to be capable of extracting the sparse, independent linear components of a prefiltered natural image set. An explanation for this capability in terms of a coupling between two hypothetical networks is presented. The simple networks presented here provide alternative,(More)
Rapid fluctuations in contrast are common in our modern visual environment. They arise, for example, in a room lit by a fluorescent light, when viewing a CRT computer monitor and when watching a movie in a cinema. As we are unconscious of the rapid changes, it has been assumed that they do not affect the operation of our visual systems. By periodically(More)
Viewing a set of two thousand images in which the contrasts of a central and a surrounding pattern were highly correlated increased the suppressive influence of the surround on the perceived contrast of the central pattern. The apparent increase in inhibition supports the operation of an anti-Hebbian mechanism between the two groups of cells excited by the(More)
Perceptual systems can be altered by immersing observers in environments with statistical properties that differ from those naturally encountered. Here we present a novel method for placing observers in naturalistic audio visual environments whose statistics can be manipulated in very targeted ways. We present the results of a case study that used this(More)
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