Orientation contrast sensitive cells in primate V1 a computational model

Tino Lourens, Emilia Barakova
2007 Natural Computing  
Many cells in the primary visual cortex respond differently when a stimulus is placed outside their classical receptive field (CRF) compared to the stimulus within the CRF alone, permitting integration of information at early levels in the visual processing stream that may play a key role in intermediate-level visual tasks, such a perceptual popout [Knierim JJ, van Essen DC (1992) J Neurophysiol 67(5):961-980; Nothdurft HC, Gallant JL, Essen DCV (1999) Visual Neurosci 16:15-34], contextual
more » ... ation [Levitt 15] of orientation contrast type of cells and demonstrate that the model closely resembles the functional behavior of the neuronal responses of nonorientation (within the CRF) sensitive 4Cb cells [Jones HE, Wang W, Sillito AM (2002) J Neurophysiol 88:2797-2808], and give an explanation of the indirect information flow in V1 that explains the behavior of orientation contrast sensitivity. The computational model of orientation contrast cells demonstrates excitatory responses at edges near junctions that might facilitate junction detection, but the model does not reveal perceptual pop-out.
doi:10.1007/s11047-006-9023-7 fatcat:6av6hkmi3jc57okjlob7p6lk2e