Journal article

THE ROLE OF GABAERGIC INHIBITION IN THE RESPONSE PROPERTIES OF NEURONS IN CAT VISUAL AREA-18

TR VIDYASAGAR, W HEIDE

Neuroscience | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 1986

Abstract

Bicuculline methiodide was iontophoretically applied to single neurones in cat area 18 to investigate how removal of gamma-aminobutyrate mediated inhibition affects the visual response properties. Moving sinusoidal gratings were used to study spatial and temporal response characteristics. Orientation sensitivity and spatial and temporal frequency tuning curves were determined with and without iontophoretically applied bicuculline. In most neurones, orientation sensitivity and spatial frequency tuning remained largely unaffected, whereas temporal frequency tuning was very much broadened. It is suggested that the dominant excitatory input to area 18 cells is a spatially organized input from ar..

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