An object viewed from different angles can be recognized and distinguished from similar distractors after the viewer has had experience watching it rotate. It has been assumed that as an observer watches the rotation, separate representations of individual views become associated with one another. However, we show here that once monkeys learned to discriminate individual views of objects, they were able to recognize objects across rotations up to 60°, even though there had been no opportunity to learn the association between different views. Our results suggest that object recognition across small or medium changes in viewing angle depends on features common to similar views of objects.
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This research was partly supported by the collaborative research grant of RIKEN Brain Science Institute and the Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Priority Areas (17022047) from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan.
The authors declare no competing financial interests.
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