A neuron whose receptive-field characteristics cannot be easily predicted by mapping with spots of light.
The smallest amount of contrast required to detect a pattern.
The relative position of a grating.
sine wave grating
A grating with a sinusoidal luminance profile.
For a grating, a pair consisting of one dark bar and one bright bar.
Any of the top four neuron-containing layers of the lateral geniculate nucleus, the cells of which are physically smaller than those in the bottom two layers.
cycles per degree
The number of pairs of dark and bright bars per degree of visual angle.
The process by which a cell in the cortex first increases its firing rate as the bar length increases to fill up its receptive field, and then decreases its firing rate as the bar is lengthened further.
Referring to the same side of the body (or brain).
A condition in which the two eyes have different refractive errors (e.g., one eye is farsighted and the other not).
The property of the receptive fields of striate cortex neurons by which they demonstrate a preference, responding somewhat more rapidly when a stimulus is presented in one eye than when it is presented in the other.
An acoustic, electrical, electronic, or optical device, instrument, computer program, or neuron that allows the passage of some frequencies or digital elements and blocks the passage of others.
lateral geniculate nucleus (LGN)
A structure in the thalamus, part of the midbrain, that receives input from the retinal ganglion cells and has input and output connections to the visual cortex.
A 1-millimeter block of striate cortex containing two sets of columns, each covering every possible orientation (0–180 degrees), with one set preferring input from the left eye and one set preferring input from the right eye.
A cortical neuron with clearly defined excitatory and inhibitory regions.
The tendency of neurons in striate cortex to respond optimally to certain orientations and less to others.
The angle subtended by an object at the retina.
The smallest spatial detail that can be resolved.
A reduction in response caused by prior or continuing stimulation.
A misalignment of the two eyes such that a single object in space is imaged on the fovea of one eye, and on a nonfoveal area of the other (turned) eye.
A neuron located between the magnocellular and parvocellular layers of the lateral geniculate nucleus.
primary visual cortex (V1), area 17, or striate cortex
The area of the cerebral cortex of the brain that receives direct inputs from the lateral geniculate nucleus, as well as feedback from other brain areas, and is responsible for processing visual information.
The number of grating cycles in a given unit of space.
Either of the bottom two neuron-containing layers of the lateral geniculate nucleus, the cells of which are physically larger than those in the top four layers.
The deleterious effect of clutter on peripheral object recognition.
The perceptual illusion of tilt, produced by adaptation to a pattern of a given orientation.
The orderly mapping of the world in the lateral geniculate nucleus and the visual cortex.
A developmental disorder characterized by reduced spatial vision in an otherwise healthy eye, even with proper correction for refractive error. Also known as lazy eye.
Referring to the opposite side of the body (or brain).
The difference in luminance between an object and the background, or between lighter and darker parts of the same object.
Misperception of a grating due to undersampling.
cytochrome oxidase (CO)
An enzyme used to reveal the regular array of “blobs,” which are spaced about 0.5 millimeter apart in the primary visual cortex.
The amount of cortical area (usually specified in millimeters) devoted to a specific region (e.g., 1 degree) in the visual field.
contrast sensitivity function (CSF)
A function describing how the sensitivity to contrast (defined as the reciprocal of the contrast threshold) depends on the spatial frequency (size) of the stimulus.
An arrangement of neurons perpendicular to the surface of the brain.
A pattern analyzer, implemented by an ensemble of cortical neurons, in which each set of neurons is tuned to a limited range of spatial frequencies.