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Spatial properties of neurones in the lateral geniculate nucleus of the pigmented ferret

Price, D.J. and Morgan, James Edwards ORCID: 1987. Spatial properties of neurones in the lateral geniculate nucleus of the pigmented ferret. Experimental Brain Research 68 (1) , pp. 28-36. 10.1007/BF00255231

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We used quantitative electrophysiological techniques to study the spatial properties of single units recorded extracellularly in the lateral geniculate and perigeniculate nuclei of the adult pigmented ferret. All neurones examined had approximately circular receptive fields, whose central regions gave responses antagonistic to those elicited from the surrounds. We presented sinusoidally modulated grating patterns, either drifting or counterphased, to obtain spatial frequency tuning curves, contrast sensitivity functions and to assess linearity or non-linearity of each neurone's response. In the ferret, as in other species, two types of lateral geniculate neurone could be distinguished, and we have termed these X-cells and Y-cells; both groups responded briskly to visual stimulation but X-cells gave sustained and linear responses whereas Y-cells responded transiently and non-linearly. Perigeniculate cells gave linear responses. For neurones in the lateral geniculate and perigeniculate nuclei, both the limit of spatial resolution ('acuity') and optimum spatial frequency were inversely related to receptive field eccentricity and the diameter of the receptive field centre. We recorded geniculate neurones in the ferret with acuities up to 3 cycles deg-1 and contrast sensitivities up to 114, values that are lower than those found previously for many geniculate cells in the cat.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Systems Immunity Research Institute (SIURI)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 0014-4819
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2022 09:29

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