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Spatial and temporal frequency tuning in striate cortex: Functional uniformity and specializations related to receptive field eccentricity

Department of Physiology, Monash University, Clayton VIC 3800, Australia.
European Journal of Neuroscience (Impact Factor: 3.18). 03/2010; 31(6):1043-62. DOI: 10.1111/j.1460-9568.2010.07118.x
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In light of anatomical evidence suggesting differential connection patterns in central vs. peripheral representations of cortical areas, we investigated the extent to which the response properties of cells in the primary visual area (V1) of the marmoset change as a function of eccentricity. Responses to combinations of the spatial and temporal frequencies of visual stimuli were quantified for neurons with receptive fields ranging from 3 degrees to 70 degrees eccentricity. Optimal spatial frequencies and stimulus speeds reflected the expectation that the responses of cells throughout V1 are essentially uniform, once scaled according to the cortical magnification factor. In addition, temporal frequency tuning was similar throughout V1. However, spatial frequency tuning curves depended both on the cell's optimal spatial frequency and on the receptive field eccentricity: cells with peripheral receptive fields showed narrower bandwidths than cells with central receptive fields that were sensitive to the same optimal spatial frequency. Although most V1 cells had separable spatial and temporal frequency tuning, the proportion of neurons displaying significant spatiotemporal interactions increased in the representation of far peripheral vision (> 50 degrees). In addition, of the fewer than 5% of V1 cells that showed robust (spatial frequency independent) selectivity to stimulus speed, most were concentrated in the representation of the far periphery. Spatiotemporal interactions in the responses of many cells in the peripheral representation of V1 reduced the ambiguity of responses to high-speed (> 30 degrees/s) signals. These results support the notion of a relative specialization for motion processing in the far peripheral representations of cortical areas, including V1.

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    • "First, the effects of tDCS on contrast sensitivity should be greatest at higher spatial frequencies, and diminish with decreasing spatial frequency. This is because tDCS exerts its greatest effect at cortical sites closet to the skull (Miranda et al., 2006, 2013; Rahman et al., 2013) and V1 neurons at the occipital pole (close to the skull) have higher preferred spatial frequencies than those located deeper within the calcarine sulcus (Tootell et al., 1981, 1988; De Valois et al., 1982; Foster et al., 1985; Engel et al., 1997; Horton, 2006; Henriksson et al., 2008; Yu et al., 2010). Cells further from the occipital pole have receptive fields located peripherally in the visual field, which means that stimuli presented further than 2 • eccentricity from fovea may not be affected as strongly by tDCS than stimuli presented in the central visual field (Kraft et al., 2010; but see Costa et al., 2015 for a contrasting view). "
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    • "To do this, we made multi-electrode recordings from area MT of marmoset , a diurnal New World monkey in which area MT lies exposed on the cortical surface. The functional properties of neurons in the LGN (White et al. 2001; Solomon et al. 2002), V1 (Yu et al. 2010; Cheong et al. 2013), and area MT (Rosa and Elston 1998; Solomon et al. 2011) of marmoset are qualitatively and quantitatively similar to those of Old World macaque monkey. We first characterize the spatial and temporal structure of noise correlations between pairs of single neurons and show its stimulus dependence. "
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    ABSTRACT: In humans and other primates, the analysis of visual motion includes populations of neurons in the middle-temporal (MT) area of visual cortex. Motion analysis will be constrained by the structure of neural correlations in these populations. Here, we use multi-electrode arrays to measure correlations in anesthetized marmoset, a New World monkey where area MT lies exposed on the cortical surface. We measured correlations in the spike count between pairs of neurons and within populations of neurons, for moving dot fields and moving gratings. Correlations were weaker in area MT than in area V1. The magnitude of correlations in area MT diminished with distance between receptive fields, and difference in preferred direction. Correlations during presentation of moving gratings were stronger than those during presentation of moving dot fields, extended further across cortex, and were less dependent on the functional properties of neurons. Analysis of the timescales of correlation suggests presence of 2 mechanisms. A local mechanism, associated with near-synchronous spiking activity, is strongest in nearby neurons with similar direction preference and is independent of visual stimulus. A global mechanism, operating over larger spatial scales and longer timescales, is independent of direction preference and is modulated by the type of visual stimulus presented.
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    • "In the present study, the local mapping data show a restricted reorganization similar to that observed in most previous studies in which anesthetized monkeys were also used. The differences in the results could also be due to the different eccentricities of the lesions, as there is some evidences that the response properties of cells in central and peripheral V1 may be slightly different (Battaglini et al. 1993; Yu et al. 2010). An early report has also shown that the representation of the periphery may have a lesser capacity to show the topographic reorganization, particularly short-term reorganization (Rosa et al. 1995). "
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