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Receptive Field Mechanism in the Vertebrate Retina

Naka, Ken-Ichi (1971) Receptive Field Mechanism in the Vertebrate Retina. Science, 171 (3972). pp. 691-693. ISSN 0036-8075. doi:10.1126/science.171.3972.691. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20150309-125756295

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Abstract

In the catfish retina there are two types of ganglion cells: in one type (type A cell) a spot of light at the center of its receptive field gives rise to a sustained discharge whereas an annulus gives rise to a transient response, and in the other type (type B cell) the response pattern is reversed for a spot and an annulus. Current injected into the horizontal cell induces spike discharges of the ganglion cell very similar to that elicited by a spot of light or by an annulus. In both types of receptive fields, depolarization of the horizontal cell gives rise to a response of the ganglion cell similar to that elicited by a spot of light, whereas hyperpolarization of the cell gives rise to a response of the ganglion cell similar to that elicited by an annulus. Current through a single injecting electrode could drive two types of cells simultaneously. Interaction between a spot of light and an annulus can also be simulated by replacing one light stimulus by current of the proper polarization injected into the horizontal cells. Results suggest that interactions among three neuronal structures, the receptor, the horizontal cell, and the bipolar cell, produce the basic receptive field organization in the channel catfish.


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Additional Information:© 1971 American Association for the Advancement of Science. 6 October 1970. I thank G. D. McCann, P. W. Nye, and D. W. Arnett for valuable discussions. The computing programs used in this report were written by D. W. Knutsen. Research supported by PHS grant NB 03627.
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DOI:10.1126/science.171.3972.691
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Official Citation:Naka, K.-I. (1971). Receptive Field Mechanism in the Vertebrate Retina. Science, 171(3972), 691-693. doi: 10.1126/science.171.3972.691
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