Beyond the feedforward sweep: feedback computations in the visual cortex

TitleBeyond the feedforward sweep: feedback computations in the visual cortex
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsKreiman, G, Serre, T
JournalAnn. N.Y. Acad. Sci. | Special Issue: The Year in Cognitive Neuroscience
Date Published02/2020

Visual perception involves the rapid formation of a coarse image representation at the onset of visual processing, which is iteratively refined by late computational processes. These early versus late time windows approximately map onto feedforward and feedback processes, respectively. State-of-the-art convolutional neural networks, the main engine behind recent machine vision successes, are feedforward architectures. Their successes and limitations provide critical information regarding which visual tasks can be solved by purely feedforward processes and which require feedback mechanisms. We provide an overview of recent work in cognitive neuroscience and machine vision that highlights the possible role of feedback processes for both visual recognition and beyond. We conclude by discussing important open questions for future research.

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