Figure-ground mechanisms provide structure for selective attention

  title={Figure-ground mechanisms provide structure for selective attention},
  author={Fangtu T. Qiu and Tadashi Sugihara and R{\"u}diger von der Heydt},
  journal={Nature Neuroscience},
Attention depends on figure-ground organization: figures draw attention, whereas shapes of the ground tend to be ignored. Recent research has revealed mechanisms for figure-ground organization in the visual cortex, but how these mechanisms relate to the attention process remains unclear. Here we show that the influences of figure-ground organization and volitional (top-down) attention converge in single neurons of area V2 in Macaca mulatta. Although we found assignment of border ownership for… CONTINUE READING