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The Visually Responsive Neuron

From Basic Neurophysiology to Behavior

This timely new volume presents broad-based and wide-ranging contributions on all aspects of vision. The material is grouped for presentation in a logical fashion in five main themes: peripheral processing; sensory integration in superior colliculus; organization of visual projections; development and plasticity; and neuronal encoding and visually guided behavior.

The material spans from molecules to cognition, including overt behavior, and synaptic and membrane levels of analysis. The species studied also range over diverse phyla, while contributors too form a diverse group representing Europe, North America, and Asia. The Visually Responsive Neuron is an exciting and informative addition to the well known Progress in Brain Research series.

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Published: March 1993

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-444-89492-2

Reviews

  • ...informative and stimulating, and would be a valuable asset to professionals in neuroscience.
    Neuroscience

Contents

  • List of Contributors. Preface. List of Financial Supporters. Section I. Peripheral Processing. 1. The electrical responses of the trout photoreceptors to brief and prolonged illumination. 2. Light sensitivity, adaptation and saturation in mammalian rods. 3. Responses of isolated cat retinal ganglion cells to injected currents during development. 4. Macaque ganglion cells and spatal vision. 5. The neurophysiological correlates of colour induction, colour and brightness contrast. Section II. Sensory Integration in Superior Colliculus. 6. Determinants of axonal and dendritic structure in the superior colliculus. 7. Functional architecture of rodent superior colliculus: relevance of multiple output channels. 8. The visually responsive neuron and beyond: multisensory integration in cat and monkey. 9. Sensory integration in the deep layers of superior colliculus. 10. Early and late flash-induced field responses correspond to ON and OFF receptive field components in hamster superior colliculus. Section III. Functional and Anatomical Organization of Visual Projections. 11. Functional organization of the projections from the rabbit's superior colliculus to the lateral posterior nucleus. 12. Multiple visual areas in the posterior parietal cortex of primates. 13. Corticotectal relationships: direct and 'indirect' corticotectal pathways. 14. Abnormal visual experience and spatio-temporal properties of area 18 neurones in the cat. 15. Visual behavior following lesion of phasic W-fibres in the cat's optic tract. 16. Visuotopic organization of corticocortical connections in the visual system. 17. Disparity coding in the cat: a comparison between areas 17/18 and area 19. Section IV. Development and Placticity. 18. Cortical convergence of ON- and OFF-pathways, and functional adaptaton of receptive field organization in cat area 17. 19. Temporal covariance of postsynaptic membrane potential and synaptic input -role in synaptic efficiency in visual cortex. 20. Potentiation of the extrageniculo-striate pathway: a possible role in visual pattern discrimination. 21. Long-term changes in visual mechanisms following differential stimulation of colour and luminance channels during development. 22. The development of visual cortical properties depends on visuo-proprioceptive congruence. 23. Reorganization processes in the visual cortex also depend on visual experience in the adult cat. 24. Extraretinal modulation of geniculate neuronal activity by conditioning. 25. The properties of the long-term potentiation (LTP) in the superior colliculus. 26. The nature of synaptic plasticity in the visual cortex of kittens. An electrophysiological analysis in vitro. Section V. Neuronal Encoding and Visually Guided Behaviour. 27. The analysis of visual space by the lateral intraparietal area of the monkey: the role of extraretinal signals. 28. Visual pathways to perception and action. 29. Amygdalar and hippocampal neuron responses related to recognition and memory in monkey. 30. Responses of monkey basal forebrain neurons during visual discrimination task. 31. Functional contributions of the primate pulvinar. 32. Orientation discrimination in the cat and its cortical loci. 33. Neuronal signals of importance to the performance of visual recognition memory tasks: evidence from recordings of single neurones in the medial thalamus of primates. 34. Colour vision: isolating mechanisms in overlapping streams. 35. Responses of monkey inferotemporal units in the orientation discrimination task. 36. Blindsight: neurones and behaviour. 37. Neuronal representations, assemblies and temporal coherence. Subject index.

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