The ventral visual stream is conceived as a pathway for object recognition. However, we also recognize the actions an object can be involved in. Here, we show that action recognition critically depends on a pathway in lateral occipitotemporal cortex, partially overlapping and topographically aligned with object representations that are precursors for action recognition. By contrast, object features that are more relevant for object recognition, such as color and texture, are typically found in ventral occipitotemporal cortex. We argue that occipitotemporal cortex contains similarly organized lateral and ventral ‘what’ pathways for action and object recognition, respectively. This account explains a number of observed phenomena, such as the duplication of object domains and the specific representational profiles in lateral and ventral cortex.

Two ‘what’ pathways for action and object recognition / Wurm, Moritz; Caramazza, A.. - In: TRENDS IN COGNITIVE SCIENCES. - ISSN 1364-6613. - 2022/26:2(2022), pp. 103-116. [10.1016/j.tics.2021.10.003]

Two ‘what’ pathways for action and object recognition

Wurm, Moritz;Caramazza A.
2022-01-01

Abstract

The ventral visual stream is conceived as a pathway for object recognition. However, we also recognize the actions an object can be involved in. Here, we show that action recognition critically depends on a pathway in lateral occipitotemporal cortex, partially overlapping and topographically aligned with object representations that are precursors for action recognition. By contrast, object features that are more relevant for object recognition, such as color and texture, are typically found in ventral occipitotemporal cortex. We argue that occipitotemporal cortex contains similarly organized lateral and ventral ‘what’ pathways for action and object recognition, respectively. This account explains a number of observed phenomena, such as the duplication of object domains and the specific representational profiles in lateral and ventral cortex.
2022
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Wurm, Moritz; Caramazza, A.
Two ‘what’ pathways for action and object recognition / Wurm, Moritz; Caramazza, A.. - In: TRENDS IN COGNITIVE SCIENCES. - ISSN 1364-6613. - 2022/26:2(2022), pp. 103-116. [10.1016/j.tics.2021.10.003]
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