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Experimental Brain Research

, Volume 101, Issue 2, pp 307–313 | Cite as

Visual classification of X and Y perigeniculate neurons of the cat

  • Andrzej Wróbel
  • Marek Bekisz
Original Paper

Abstract

The spike activity of perigeniculate cells evoked by small light spots flashing along the axes of their receptive fields was recorded and presented in response planes. This method allowed the investigated neurons to be grouped into two classes characterized by (1) large receptive fields and phasic-like responses and (2) small fields and tonic responses. The latency measurements for stimulation of the optic chiasma and visual cortex revealed that the cells from the first group are excited by fast, Y fibers and the second by slow, X axons. The spatial tuning curves of the second harmonic component, as measured from the responses of the cells from the two groups for slowly moving square gratings, are also different. We conclude that the X and Y systems of the visual pathway are segregated at the level of the perigeniculate nucleus.

Key words

Perigeniculate nucleus X and Y cells Cat 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrzej Wróbel
    • 1
  • Marek Bekisz
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeurophysiologyNencki Institute of Experimental BiologyWarsawPoland

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