Searching for the Neural Mechanism of Color Filling-In

Rüdiger Von Der Heydt, Howard S. Friedman, Hong Zhou

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter discusses a perceptual phenomenon in which visual stimuli seem to assume the color and brightness of the surrounding region and thereby vanish from perception. It begins by reviewing the basic findings and theories in order to clarify the origin of the ideas that guided recent neurophysiological studies. It then reviews those recent studies that tried to solve the puzzle of filling-in by means of single-cell recording in monkeys.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFilling-In
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Perceptual Completion to Cortical Reorganization
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199865307
ISBN (Print)0195140133, 9780195140132
StatePublished - May 1 2009


  • Brightness
  • Color
  • Delayed filling-in
  • Immediate filling-in
  • Perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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