This tutorial first introduces basic neuroscience concepts, including the structure of neurons and how they communicate information, brain anatomy and the dorsal/ventral visual pathways, and methods for probing the behaviour of neural circuits. It then explores the nature of processing along the ventral pathway that is involved in visual recognition.
The two-streams hypothesis distinguishes two processing pathways in the brain: The ventral stream (also known as the “what pathway”) shown in purple and the dorsal stream (also known as the “where” pathway") shown in green. (Image © Wikipedia user Selket. License CC BY-SA. This content is excluded from our Creative Commons license. For more information, see https://ocw.mit.edu/help/faq-fair-use/)
Several background tutorials are included to complement the instruction and activities presented in the units. Most of the tutorials include video instruction as well as supplemental material and exercises for further study.
Materials for additional tutorials can be found at the Brains, Minds and Machines Summer Course website.
- No background is needed for this tutorial