Feature article: The structure and function of dynamic cortical and thalamic receptive fields

Asif A. Ghazanfar, Miguel A.L. Nicolelis

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Abstract

Under natural conditions, animals must process spatiotemporally complex signals in order to guide adaptive behavior. It follows that the response properties of neurons should reflect the dynamic nature of such signals. Recently, several studies have demonstrated the existence of time-varying receptive fields in the auditory, visual and somatosensory thalamocortical pathways. The characteristics of these receptive fields suggest that they are constrained by the need to actively interpret time-varying stimuli. Here, we review these studies, the possible functions of these receptive fields, and how they might be generated in the thalamocortical pathway.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-193
Number of pages11
JournalCerebral Cortex
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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