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When you look at a picture, your brain has to put together lines, patterns and shapes to make a meaningful scene. New research by neuroscientists at the University of California, Davis and the University of Minnesota shows that higher regions of the brain can quickly recognize patterns and shapes and tell lower areas of the brain to stop processing the information. The finding confirms predictions from computer models and helps explain how the human brain makes sense of what the eyes see.
Researchers in Ohio say they've developed a way to use a decade-old imaging technology to directly compare the brains of monkeys and humans. Specifically, they used MRIs to compare parts of the monkey and human brains --- the visual cortex --- concerned with processing visual information. "Implicit in the neuroscience community was that the monkey cortex is a good model for the human cortex," said one of the researchers. "Scientists didn't have any choice but to make that assumption, as the monkey brain was the only model we had to work with." But with the MRI they've found that there are in fact big differences.