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Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195176186

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176186.001.0001

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Recordings from Cat Prestriate Areas, 18 and 19

Recordings from Cat Prestriate Areas, 18 and 19

(p.141) Chapter 11 Recordings from Cat Prestriate Areas, 18 and 19
Brain and Visual Perception

David H. Hubel

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a paper entitled “Receptive Fields and Functional Architecture in Two Nonstriate Visual Areas (18 and 19) of the Cat”. Its range was wide, encompassing topography, columnar architecture, physiological mapping, conventional Nissl, myelin, silver-degeneration (Nauta-method) histology, and receptive field-analysis. The study explored the cortex from medial to lateral in successive penetrations, covering from visual I into Talbot and Marshal's visual II, and then continuing into what was proved to be a third distinct topographically organized visual area lying lateral to the second, called “visual area III”. In analyzing visual II and III, it followed the usual procedure of describing cells in terms of their responses to visual stimulation, attempting at the same time to build up a picture of cortical architecture by comparing the behavior of neighboring cells, and of cells recorded in sequence, in long penetrations.

Keywords:   Area 18, Area 19, visual I, visual II, visual III, nonstriate visual areas, topography, columnar architecture, physiological mapping

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