Faculté des sciences

On the Relation Between Receptive Field Structure and Stimulus Selectivity in the Tree Shrew Primary Visual Cortex

Veit, Julia ; Bhattacharyya, Anwesha ; Kretz, Robert ; Rainer, Gregor

In: Cerebral Cortex, 2013, p. -

There are notable differences in functional properties of primary visual cortex (V1) neurons among mammalian species, particularly those concerning the occurrence of simple and complex cells and the generation of orientation selectivity. Here, we present quantitative data on receptive field (RF) structure, response modulation, and orientation tuning for single neurons in V1 of the tree shrew, a... Plus

Ajouter à la liste personnelle
    Summary
    There are notable differences in functional properties of primary visual cortex (V1) neurons among mammalian species, particularly those concerning the occurrence of simple and complex cells and the generation of orientation selectivity. Here, we present quantitative data on receptive field (RF) structure, response modulation, and orientation tuning for single neurons in V1 of the tree shrew, a close relative of primates. We find that spatial RF subfield segregation, a criterion for identifying simple cells, was exceedingly small in the tree shrew V1. In contrast, many neurons exhibited elevated F1/F0 modulation that is often used as a simple cell marker. This apparent discrepancy can be explained by the robust stimulus polarity preference in tree shrew V1, which inflates F1/F0 ratio values. RF structure mapped with sparse-noise—which is spatially restricted and emphasizes thalamo-cortical feed-forward inputs—appeared unrelated to orientation selectivity. However, RF structure mapped using the Hartley subspace stimulus—which covers a large area of the visual field and recruits considerable intracortical processing—did predict orientation preference. Our findings reveal a number of striking similarities in V1 functional organization between tree shrews and primates, emphasizing the important role of intracortical recurrent processing in shaping V1 response properties in these species.