Seeing beyond the receptive field in primary visual cortex

Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2000 Aug;10(4):438-43. doi: 10.1016/s0959-4388(00)00113-6.


Recent studies on the response properties of neurons in primary visual cortex emphasize the dynamics and the complexities of facilitatory and suppressive interactions between the receptive field center and surrounding areas of visual space. These observations raise new questions about the circuitry responsible for receptive field surround effects and their contribution to visual perception.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Contrast Sensitivity / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Nerve Net / physiology
  • Neurons / physiology*
  • Photic Stimulation / methods
  • Visual Cortex / physiology*
  • Visual Fields / physiology*