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Self-organization of Color Opponent Receptive Fields and Laterally Connected Orientation Maps

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-76
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2005


Long-range lateral connections in the primary visual cortex (V1) are known to link neurons with similar orientation preferences, but it is not yet known how color-selective cells are connected. Using a self-organizing model of V1 with natural color image input, we show that realistic color-selective receptive fields, color maps, and orientation maps develop. Connections between orientation-selective cells match previous experimental results, and the model predicts that color-selective cells will primarily connect to other cells with similar chromatic preferences. These findings suggest that a single self-organizing system may underlie the development of orientation selectivity, color selectivity, and lateral connectivity.

    Research areas

  • Color blobs, Color maps , Opponent cells, Orientation maps, Red-green receptive fields

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