Title

Spatial Summation Processes in the Receptive Fields of Visually Driven Neurons of the Cat's Cortical Area 21a

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Article

Publication Date

8-2006

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Abstract

The spatial summation in receptive fields (RF) of single neurons in cat's extrastriate area 21a was investigated as a basic neurophysiological substrate for central integration processing of visual information. The results showed that the majority of investigated neurons changed their response patterns with gradual increase of applied stimulus size. In approximately 82% of cases the suppression of neuron discharges was observed when the length of the moving strip exceeded that of the RF. In some neurons the increased size of the moving stimulus leads to the changes in the RF substructure. Receptive fields of neurons recorded at the same microelectrode penetration depth showed a great variety of RF superpositions distributed in a spatially asymmetric manner. As a result, every single RF consists of multiple sub-regions within the RF, differing from each other by the number of superimposed RF-s (density factor). We suggest that such complex spatial organization of the RF provides the neurophysiological basis for central integration processing of the visual information.

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