What is hierarchical organization?


Hierarchical organization refers to a system where elements are ranked one above the other according to their importance or inclusiveness. explains this concept with the example of the visual system, where basic sensory information (like light and dark or colors) forms the building blocks that increasingly complex processes build upon. This arrangement allows for the elaboration of detailed perceptions from simple sensory inputs, similar to recognizing faces or conceptualizing words from basic visual cues 1.

Additionally, in the field of neuroscience, this concept extends to cognitive functions like rule storage in the brain, particularly in the frontal lobes. Here, rules are stored in a hierarchical order, with different levels of complexity and importance, helping in situations that require judgment and decision-making under various conditions 2.

Hierarchical Organization

Andrew discusses the hierarchical organization of the visual system and how it relates to the build up of basic building blocks in the somatic experience. He also talks about how narratives and stories change the representation of emotions beyond the hierarchical organization seen in the visual system.

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