Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Form follows function in visual information processing

Richard Latto a1
a1 Department of Psychology, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, L69 7ZA, United Kingdom [email protected]


Understanding neural anatomy and physiology depends on first understanding the behaviour being mediated. Glover, in his review of earlier work suggesting various dichotomies in visual processing, shows how there is a tendency to oversimplification if this approach is ignored. His own new proposals demonstrate the advantages of allowing function to drive anatomical analysis. Nevertheless, the new planning–control dichotomy he proposes, though a valuable advance, is itself an oversimplification of what must be a multi-channel system.