Visual areas in the temporal cortex of the macaque

Brain Res. 1979 Dec 14;178(2-3):363-80. doi: 10.1016/0006-8993(79)90699-1.


Visual receptive fields and responsiveness of neurons to somesthetic and auditory stimuli were studied in the inferior temporal cortex and adjacent regions of immobilized macaques. Neurons throughout cytoarchitectonic area TE were responsive only to visual stimuli and had large receptive fields that almost always included the center of gaze and usually extended into both visual half-fields. There was no indication of any visuotopic organization within area TE. Neurons in an anterior and in a dorsal portion of TE tended to have larger receptive fields. By contrast, dorsal, ventral and anterior to area TE, units often responded to somesthetic and auditory as well as to visual stimuli. In these regions visual receptive fields were even larger than in TE and often included the entire visual field. Posterior to TE the neurons were exclusively visual and had much smaller receptive fields that were confined to the contralateral visual field and were topographically organized.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brain Mapping
  • Dominance, Cerebral / physiology
  • Evoked Potentials
  • Fovea Centralis / physiology
  • Haplorhini
  • Macaca fascicularis
  • Neurons / physiology
  • Photic Stimulation
  • Temporal Lobe / physiology*
  • Visual Cortex / physiology
  • Visual Fields
  • Visual Pathways / physiology
  • Visual Perception / physiology*