Latency: another potential code for feature binding in striate cortex

J Neurophysiol. 1996 Aug;76(2):1356-60. doi: 10.1152/jn.1996.76.2.1356.


1. We recorded the responses of 37 striate cortical complex cells in fixating monkeys while presenting a set of oriented stimuli that varied in contrast. 2. The two response parameters of strength and latency can be interpreted as a code: the strength defines the stimulus form (here the orientation), and the latency is more a function of the stimulus contrast. 3. Synchronization based on latency could make a strong contribution to the process of organizing the neural responses to different objects, i.e., binding.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Contrast Sensitivity / physiology
  • Macaca mulatta
  • Neurons / physiology
  • Pattern Recognition, Visual / physiology
  • Photic Stimulation
  • Reaction Time / physiology*
  • Visual Cortex / cytology
  • Visual Cortex / physiology*