Object Vision in a Structured World

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JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
DateE-pub ahead of print - 27 May 2019
DatePublished (current) - Aug 2019
Issue number8
Number of pages14
Pages (from-to)672-685
Early online date27/05/19
Original languageEnglish


In natural vision, objects appear at typical locations, both with respect to visual space (e.g., an airplane in the upper part of a scene) and other objects (e.g., a lamp above a table). Recent studies have shown that object vision is strongly adapted to such positional regularities. In this review we synthesize these developments, highlighting that adaptations to positional regularities facilitate object detection and recognition, and sharpen the representations of objects in visual cortex. These effects are pervasive across various types of high-level content. We posit that adaptations to real-world structure collectively support optimal usage of limited cortical processing resources. Taking positional regularities into account will thus be essential for understanding efficient object vision in the real world.

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