Reverse hierarchies and sensory learning

Merav Ahissar*, Mor Nahum, Israel Nelken, Shaul Hochstein

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Revealing the relationships between perceptual representations in the brain and mechanisms of adult perceptual learning is of great importance, potentially leading to significantly improved training techniques both for improving skills in the general population and for ameliorating deficits in special populations. In this review, we summarize the essentials of reverse hierarchy theory for perceptual learning in the visual and auditory modalities and describe the theory's implications for designing improved training procedures, for a variety of goals and populations.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)285-299
Number of pages15
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Issue number1515
StatePublished - 12 Feb 2009


  • Anchoring deficit hypothesis
  • Auditory system
  • Dyslexia
  • Perceptual learning
  • Reverse hierarchy theory
  • Visual system


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