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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 in Monkey Striate Cortex, 1968

Recordings in Monkey Striate Cortex, 1968

(p.244) Chapter 14 Recordings in Monkey Striate Cortex, 1968
Brain and Visual Perception

David H. Hubel

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a 1968 paper entitled “Receptive Fields and Functional Architecture of Monkey Striate Cortex”. This paper represented a first attempt to survey physiologically the monkey striate cortex. It was discovered that there was a tendency for cells to be grouped according to symmetry of responses to movement. A horizontal organization corresponding to the cortical layering can also be discerned. The cortex was seen as a system organized vertically and horizontally in entirely different ways. In the vertical system, stimulus dimensions such as retinal position, line orientation, and ocular dominance, were mapped in sets of superimposed but independent mosaics. The horizontal system segregated cells in layers by hierarchical orders, the lowest orders located in and near layer IV, the higher orders in the upper and lower layers.

Keywords:   monkey striate cortex, cortical layering, ocular dominance, horizontal system, vertical system

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