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A network view of the structure of center/surround modulations of V1 receptive field properties in visual and cortical spaces

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)881-888
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2001


Firing of V1 cells in response to test stimuli shown in the classical discharge field is highly dependent on the spatial context (orientation/contrast center-surround gradients) in which they are embedded. Here, we present a preliminary study of a large-scale detailed model constrained by physiological and psychophysical data which accounts for the modulatory effects induced by the concomitant stimulation of the “silent” surround. Numerical simulations were used to predict the changes produced at the firing level as a function of the neighborhood relationship imposed by the location of the cell in the orientation map.

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  • Primary visual cortex, Contextual modulations, Long-range horizontal connectivity, Cortical orientation maps

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