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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 Fibers in the Monkey Optic Nerve

Recordings from Fibers in the Monkey Optic Nerve

(p.83) Chapter 8 Recordings from Fibers in the Monkey Optic Nerve
Brain and Visual Perception

David H. Hubel

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a paper entitled “Receptive Fields of Optic Nerve Fibres in the Spider Monkey”. The retina of the monkey is of interest, since in most species, it is deeply pigmented, has a well defined fovea, and appears much closer to the human retina than that of a cat. The paper describes the receptive fields of single optic nerve fibers in the spider monkey. With the monkey's ability to discriminate colors, some observations were also made on ganglion cell responses to monochromatic stimuli. It was clear that in the monkey, as in the cat, the receptive fields of retinal ganglion cells were of two main types, one with an “on” center and an “off” periphery, the other with an “off” center and an “on” periphery.

Keywords:   monkey optic nerve, spider monkey, monkey retina, monochromatic stimuli, retinal ganglion cells

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