Efficient Receptive Field Tiling in Primate V1

Neuron. 2016 Aug 17;91(4):893-904. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2016.07.015. Epub 2016 Aug 4.


The primary visual cortex (V1) encodes a diverse set of visual features, including orientation, ocular dominance (OD), and spatial frequency (SF), whose joint organization must be precisely structured to optimize coverage within the retinotopic map. Prior experiments have only identified efficient coverage based on orthogonal maps. Here we used two-photon calcium imaging to reveal an alternative arrangement for OD and SF maps in macaque V1; their gradients run parallel but with unique spatial periods, whereby low-SF regions coincide with monocular regions. Next we mapped receptive fields and found surprisingly precise micro-retinotopy that yields a smaller point-image and requires more efficient inter-map geometry, thus underscoring the significance of map relationships. While smooth retinotopy is constraining, studies suggest that it improves both wiring economy and the V1 population code read downstream. Altogether, these data indicate that connectivity within V1 is finely tuned and precise at the level of individual neurons.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brain Mapping*
  • Macaca fascicularis
  • Neurons / physiology*
  • Photic Stimulation
  • Visual Cortex / cytology*
  • Visual Cortex / physiology*
  • Visual Fields / physiology*
  • Visual Pathways / cytology
  • Visual Pathways / physiology