Journal article

Diversity of feature selectivity in macaque visual cortex arising from limited number of broadly-tuned input channels

Yamni Mohan, Jaikishan Jayakumar, Errol KJ Lloyd, Ekaterina Levichkina, Trichur Vidyasagar

Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991) | Oxford University Press (OUP) | Published : 2018

Abstract

Spike (action potential) responses of most primary visual cortical cells in the macaque are sharply tuned for the orientation of a line or an edge and neurons preferring similar orientations are clustered together in cortical columns. The preferred stimulus orientation of these columns span the full range of orientations, as observed in recordings of spikes, which represent the outputs of cortical neurons. However, when we imaged also the thalamic input to these cells that occur on a larger spatial scale, we found that the orientation domain map of the primary visual cortex did not show the diversity of orientations exhibited by signals representing outputs of the cells. This map was dominat..

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