Direction-selective units in rabbit retina: distribution of preferred directions

Science. 1967 Feb 17;155(3764):841-2. doi: 10.1126/science.155.3764.841.


The preferred directions of 102 direction-selective ganglion cells in the rabbit retina have been determined. Cells of the "on-off" type form four nonoverlapping groups; cells of the "on" type fall into three groups. The on-off groups appear to correspond to the directions of apparent object displacement produced by contractions of the four rectus muscles. Each group of cells could, without further processing, provide the error signal for a visual servo-systerm minimizing retinal image motion.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Eye Movements*
  • Ganglia / physiology*
  • Oculomotor Muscles / physiology*
  • Pattern Recognition, Automated
  • Rabbits
  • Retina / physiology*
  • Retinal Vessels