Mathematicians and neuroscientists have created the first-ever model of the human visual cortex that compiles with your brain’s anatomy.
Most of what you perceive through your eyes is caused to appear so because of your brain’s visual cortex.
- A problem that arises when you begin to comprehend the mechanism of your vision because most of what we see is processed in our heads.
- This may sound messed up but what it entails is this – How you perceive the world depends upon your brain.
- Many can argue that your brain does a fantastic job of creating perfect imagery of the world.
- The biological model doesn’t explain what the brain does or how.
- Lai-Sang Young who is a mathematician at New York University firmly believes, “A lot of the things you think you see you’re actually making up; You don’t actually see them.”
- Studying the anatomy of the brain doesn’t provide with any solutions. No more than looking at the universe can allow you to experience Aliens or Blackholes.
- Young has been doing extensive, applaudable research. They believe that it is all connected to mathematics, like the rest of the universe.
What is this model?
- The group of scientists and mathematicians are trying to create a single model.
- This mathematical model shows the gaps that anatomy leaves open to question in the context of vision.
- Young and company are trying to create a mathematic model that is capable of uniting the years of Biological experiments that humans have done on the brain.
- The researchers want to explain how the brain is capable of producing elaborate visual representations of the world based on the little information that our lenses – eyes – capture.
- First steps have been taken into explaining how the brain perceives and quantifies where an object begins and ends.
- The most basic element of vision is the perception of edges of the objects surrounding us. This is where the visual cortex comes in.
- This work on vision is first of it’s kind and they are now taking the next steps into explaining the perception of direction.
How is this new?
- Previous models of the brain have assumed the intricacies of the brain, more specifically the visual cortex.
- While there are facts about vision as a phenomenon that we are sure of today, not everything is clear 6/6 vision.
- We know that eyes are the lenses through which we are able to take in light and perceive what is in our field of vision.
- Image of the world reflects onto our Retinas which rest in the back of our eyes like a screen. The eyes are projectors connecting to the visual cortex in the back our brain.
- What the current theories don’t account for is the fact that much of what we see is the creation of our brain.
- The connection between our retina and the visual cortex is minuscule – a total of just 10 nerve cells connect the two.
- Hence, the model doesn’t account for the scarcity of connection. Nor does it talk of the processes that allow us to perceive the world as effectively as we believe we do.
- “What our eyes perceive is already in the past, you only see a fleeting moment. How we perceive everything as we do remains a mystery even today.”