Journal article

Receptive field analysis and orientation selectivity of postsynaptic potentials of simple cells in cat visual cortex.

X Pei, TR Vidyasagar, M Volgushev, OD Creutzfeldt

Journal of Neuroscience | Published : 1994


Postsynaptic potentials (PSPs) were recorded from cat striate cortical cells by the whole-cell in vivo recording technique using patch-clamp electrodes. EPSPs and IPSPs evoked by flashing bars on the receptive field at different positions and orientations revealed the spatial structure of the excitatory and inhibitory inputs. The elongation of the excitatory input field (length:width ratio) was found to be minimal (mean ratio of 1.7) and much lower than those reported for spike discharges. Two-dimensional receptive field response profiles of early PSPs were recorded by flashing a small spot of light over a square matrix covering the receptive field. These recordings also showed only mild deg..

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