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Rabbit Visual Cortex: Reaction of Cells to Movement and Contrast


IT has been shown that, in the rabbit, retinal ganglion cells1, geniculate cells2,3 and midbrain cells4 respond most readily to special aspects of light stimulation related to movement. In the cat5–7, by contrast, these peripheral systems respond most effectively to an alteration of intensity of a stationary light spot, and have their receptive fields concentrically arranged with “on-centres and off-surrounds” (or vice versa). In the rabbit, on the other hand, the shape and organization of peripheral receptive fields are less stereotyped.

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ARDEN, G., IKEDA, H. & HILL, R. Rabbit Visual Cortex: Reaction of Cells to Movement and Contrast. Nature 214, 909–912 (1967).

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