Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Describe the functions of structures within the eye.
  • Illustrate the processing pathways of visual information from the eye up to cortical brain areas.
  • Compare the major theories of color processing.
  • Contrast the major theories of form processing.
  • Discuss how visual information is segregated and reconstructed in the visual system.
  • Identify how action potentials and synaptic transmission can produce a variety of visual experiences.
  • Predict how damage to specific portions of the visual system will impact a person’s visual perceptions.