As mentioned, I am giving a talk tomorrow on research at ATRIUM (academic training in undergraduate medicine): how to get on and have some fun —assuming there is still some left to go around. Some of the references I cite are below:
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Hubel, D.H., and Wiesel, T.N. (2004). Brain and Visual Perception: The Story of a 25-Year Collaboration (OUP).
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Alan Kay. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_kay