Introduction to Neurophysiology of the Primate Visual System

  • Lisa J. Croner
  • Thomas Wachtler


The visual system is the most studied sensory system. This chapter provides a brief introduction to the neurophysiology of the primate visual system, highlighting at the end some of the questions for which modeling may be useful. The information presented, while reflecting our understanding of the primate brain, comes from research in both primates (primarily Old World monkeys) and, for some processes that are likely conserved across higher taxa, other vertebrates.


Ganglion Cell Receptive Field Bipolar Cell Lateral Geniculate Nucleus Amacrine Cell 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lisa J. Croner
    • 1
  • Thomas Wachtler
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.The Salk Institute for Biological StudiesLa JollaUSA
  2. 2.The Sloan Center for Theoretical Neuroscience at The Salk Institute for Biological StudiesLa JollaUSA
  3. 3.Institute for Biology III, Neurobiology & BiophysicsUniversity of FreiburgFreiburgGermany

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