Spatial distribution of suppressive signals outside the classical receptive field in lateral geniculate nucleus

Webb, Ben S. and Tinsley, Christopher J. and Vincent, Christopher J. and Derrington, Andrew M. (2005) Spatial distribution of suppressive signals outside the classical receptive field in lateral geniculate nucleus. Journal of Neurophysiology, 94 (3). pp. 1789-1797. ISSN 0022-3077 . (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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A suppressive surround modulates the responsiveness of cells in the lateral geniculate nucleus (LGN), but we know nothing of its spatial structure or the way in which it combines signals arising from different locations. It is generally assumed that suppressive signals are either uniformly distributed or balanced in opposing regions outside the receptive field. Here, we examine the spatial distribution and summation of suppressive signals outside the receptive field in extracellular recordings from 46 LGN cells in anesthetized marmosets. The receptive field of each cell was stimulated with a drifting sinusoidal grating of the preferred size and spatial and temporal frequency; we probed different positions in the suppressive surround with either a large half-annular grating or a small circular grating patch of the preferred spatial and temporal frequency. In many of the cells with a strong suppressive surround (29/46), the spatial distribution of suppression showed clear deviation from circular symmetry. In the majority of these of cells, suppressive signals were spatially asymmetrical or balanced in opposing areas outside the receptive field. A suppressive area was larger than the classical receptive field itself and spatial summation within and between these areas was nonlinear. There was no bias for suppression to arise from foveal or nasal retina where cone density is higher and no other sign of a systematic spatial organization to the suppressive surround. We conclude that nonclassical suppressive signals in LGN deviate from circular symmetry and are nonlinearly combined.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: C.A. Simms
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2008 18:00
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