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ID: 528245.0, MPI für Neurobiologie / Visual Coding
Eye Smarter than Scientists Believed: Neural Computations in Circuits of the Retina
Authors:Gollisch, T.; Meister, M.
Language:English
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2010-01-28
Title of Journal:Neuron
Journal Abbrev.:Neuron
Volume:65
Issue / Number:2
Start Page:150
End Page:164
Review Status:Peer-review
Audience:Not Specified
Abstract / Description:We rely on our visual system to cope with the vast barrage of incoming light patterns and to extract features from the scene that are relevant to our well-being. The necessary reduction of visual information already begins in the eye. In this review, we summarize recent progress in understanding the computations performed in the vertebrate retina and how they are implemented by the neural circuitry. A new picture emerges from these findings that helps resolve a vexing paradox between the retina's structure and function. Whereas the conventional wisdom treats the eye as a simple prefilter for visual images, it now appears that the retina solves a diverse set of specific tasks and provides the results explicitly to downstream brain areas.
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:Tim Gollisch
Affiliations:MPI für Neurobiologie/Visual Coding (Gollisch)
External Affiliations:Harvard University, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Center for Brain Science, 52 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
Identifiers:ISI:000274136100004 [ID No:1]
ISSN:0896-6273 [ID No:2]
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