Journal article

Contrast-dependent phase sensitivity in area MT of macaque visual cortex

Shaun L Cloherty, Michael R Ibbotson

NEUROREPORT | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2019

Abstract

In primate visual cortex (V1), about half the neurons are sensitive to the spatial phases of grating stimuli and generate highly modulated responses to drifting gratings (simple cells). The remaining cells show far less phase sensitivity and relatively unmodulated responses to moving gratings (complex cells). In the second visual area (V2) and the motion processing area MT (or V5), the majority of cells have unmodulated responses to drifting gratings - they are phase invariant. At just-detectable contrasts, 44% of V1 complex cells show highly modulated responses, but this contrast-dependent phase sensitivity is found in only 7% of V2 complex cells. We recorded from 149 cells in macaque MT - ..

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