Center for Neural Science, New York University
Synchrony and the ``binding problem" in visual cortex
In recent years, Singer and others have popularized a theory of perceptual feature binding based on the synchronized responses of separated neuron assemblies in the cortex. This theory lacks coherence, predictive power, and experimental support, but nonetheless survives, and even flourishes. I will try to evaluate the available data that bear on the theory, and to consider other possible ways to solve the ``binding problem", if indeed the problem needs explicit solution at all. I will conclude with a disrespectful discussion of possible reasons for the theory's remarkable endurance and popularity.