Selective sensitivity to direction of movement in ganglion cells of the rabbit retina

Science. 1963 Feb 1;139(3553):412-4. doi: 10.1126/science.139.3553.412.


Among the ganglion cells in the rabbit's retina there is a class that responds to movement of a stimulus in one direction, and does not respond to movement in the opposite direction. The same directional selectivity holds over the whole receptive field of one such cell, but the selected direction differs in different cells. The discharge is almost uninfluenced by the intensity of the stimulus spot, and the response occurs for the same direction of movement when a black spot is substituted for a light spot.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Movement*
  • Neurons*
  • Rabbits
  • Retina*