Object selectivity of local field potentials and spikes in the macaque inferior temporal cortex

Neuron. 2006 Feb 2;49(3):433-45. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2005.12.019.


Local field potentials (LFPs) arise largely from dendritic activity over large brain regions and thus provide a measure of the input to and local processing within an area. We characterized LFPs and their relationship to spikes (multi and single unit) in monkey inferior temporal cortex (IT). LFP responses in IT to complex objects showed strong selectivity at 44% of the sites and tolerance to retinal position and size. The LFP preferences were poorly predicted by the spike preferences at the same site but were better explained by averaging spikes within approximately 3 mm. A comparison of separate sites suggests that selectivity is similar on a scale of approximately 800 microm for spikes and approximately 5 mm for LFPs. These observations imply that inputs to IT neurons convey selectivity for complex shapes and that such input may have an underlying organization spanning several millimeters.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Action Potentials / physiology*
  • Animals
  • Brain Mapping
  • Electroencephalography / methods
  • Evoked Potentials, Visual / physiology*
  • Macaca
  • Models, Neurological
  • Pattern Recognition, Visual / physiology*
  • Photic Stimulation / methods
  • Temporal Lobe / physiology*
  • Visual Fields / physiology*
  • Visual Pathways / physiology