Cognitive magnification results in topographic organization

The visual cortex exhibits retinotopy, with different early areas being involved in processing different parts of the field of view, with larger ones devoted to the fovea. Despite this non-linear regularity, the world is perceived as coherent. The somatosensory cortex exhibits homoncular organization guided by function. The auditory cortex exhibits tonotopy, with different early areas being involved in processing different frequency bands, with larger areas devoted to more relevant bands (e.g. human speech). This systematic distortion driven by cognitive magnification might provide building blocks of conceptual non-linearity. The process of cognitive magnification might also highlight the various levels of computation required for processing different features.

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