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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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Our First Paper, on Cat Cortex, 1959

Our First Paper, on Cat Cortex, 1959

(p.59) Chapter 7 Our First Paper, on Cat Cortex, 1959
Brain and Visual Perception

David H. Hubel

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents David and Torsten's first paper on the cat cortex in 1959. Their investigation, made with acute preparations, includes a study of receptive fields of cells in the cat's striate cortex. Receptive fields of the cells considered in the paper were divided into separate excitatory and inhibitory areas. In this respect, they resembled retinal ganglio-cell receptive fields. An attempt was made to correlate responses to moving stimuli with receptive field arrangements. Some cells could be activated from either eye, and in these, binocular interaction was studied. In a binocular unit, excitatory and inhibitory regions of the two receptive fields interacted, and summation and mutual antagonism could be shown just as within a single receptive field.

Keywords:   cat cortex, retina, Torsten, mutual antagonism, receptive fields, binocular interaction

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