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Individual cells that respond preferentially to particular objects have been found in the ventral visual pathway. How the brain is able to develop neurons that exhibit these object selective responses poses a significant challenge for computational models of object recognition. Typically, many objects make up a complex natural scene and are never presented in isolation. Nonetheless, the visual system is able to build invariant object selective responses. In this paper, we present a model of the ventral visual stream, VisNet, which can solve the problem of learning object selective representations even when multiple objects are always present during training. Past research with the VisNet model has shown that the network can operate successfully in a similar training paradigm, but only when training comprises many different object pairs. Numerous pairings are required for statistical decoupling between objects. In this research, we show for the first time that VisNet is capable of utilizing the statistics inherent in independent rotation to form object selective representations when training with just two objects, always presented together. Crucially, our results show that in a dependent rotation paradigm, the model fails to build object selective representations and responds as if the two objects are in fact one. If the objects begin to rotate independently, the network forms representations for each object separately.

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Algorithms, Humans, Information Theory, Learning, Models, Neurological, Neural Networks (Computer), Neurons, Photic Stimulation, Recognition (Psychology), Rotation, Temporal Lobe, Visual Pathways, Visual Perception