Could somebody point out the neuroscience literature dedicated to the modelling of 3D objects in the human mind?

I'm interested in the brain regions, and particularly the details of the circuitry, involved in simulating/manipulating (or planning to manipulate) and/or recognizing 3D objects, or in relating them to the "2D" sensory information. Ultimately, my interest is quantitative, i.e. I'd be especially interested on more computational outlooks on the topic.

Edit: I am aware of the visual recognition pathway, which roughly speaking culminates with the inferior temporal gyrus (in the "what pathway"). However, some animals (not just humans) can simulate object properties (e.g. how will this plastic figurine warp if I bend it a certain way? What is that moving ballerina likely to look like in the next second?). This is more complex than object recognition alone.

Note: my question is asking for pointers to the foundational literature of this topic. I know it's somewhat broad, but I'm essentially asking where to start reading. Thanks! :)

  • $\begingroup$ So, you're asking for literary recommendations pertaining to how the human brain senses and interprets 3D objects? If so, me holding a coffee mug, and me seeing the same mug, involve completely different regions of the brain, yet both processes achieve the goal of recognizing the mug to be a 3D object. Given this example alone, I feel that your question yields way too broad of an answer, if one is to be given accurately and wholly. Perhaps you should focus on a single sense.. $\endgroup$ – user22020 Sep 13 '17 at 13:23
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    $\begingroup$ @Charles Thanks for your comment. I was actually thinking about the modelling of the object, rather than something tied to a specific sense. For instance, the hippocampus and PPC both have multimodal sensory inputs, and encode something involving more than one sense. Although, if I had to choose a sense, I would say vision. I'll also edit to clarify a bit. $\endgroup$ – user3658307 Sep 13 '17 at 16:32
  • $\begingroup$ Is this the ability you are talking about? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spatial_visualization_ability $\endgroup$ – futurebird Sep 13 '17 at 18:10
  • $\begingroup$ @futurebird Yes, seemingly so. Though in writing my question I had more of a "simulation" view in mind, e.g. some notion of material properties must be involved when modelling the future. $\endgroup$ – user3658307 Sep 13 '17 at 23:29

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