Max Riesenhuber and colleagues used EEG to examine the time course of shape and category signals in the human brain.  Neural adaptation for category changes was seen in frontal cortex and then subsequently in temporal cortex.  This supports the hypothesis that shape categories are formed by shape signals from temporal cortex that converge and form explicit category representations in frontal cortex.  A late category signal in temporal cortex is consistent with category signals feeding back from frontal to temporal cortex.

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The Miller Lab uses experimental and theoretical approaches to study the neural basis of the high-level cognitive functions that underlie complex goal-directed behavior.