Horizontal integration and cortical dynamics

Neuron. 1992 Jul;9(1):1-13. doi: 10.1016/0896-6273(92)90215-y.


We have discussed several results that lead to a view that cells in the visual system are endowed with dynamic properties, influenced by context, expectation, and long-term modifications of the cortical network. These observations will be important for understanding how neuronal ensembles produce a system that perceives, remembers, and adapts to injury. The advantage to being able to observe changes at early stages in a sensory pathway is that one may be able to understand the way in which neuronal ensembles encode and represent images at the level of their receptive field properties, of cortical topographies, and of the patterns of connections between cells participating in a network.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Afferent Pathways / physiology
  • Animals
  • Cerebral Cortex / anatomy & histology*
  • Cerebral Cortex / cytology
  • Cerebral Cortex / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Visual Perception / physiology