Responses of Retinal Ganglion Cells to Exponentially Increasing Light Stimuli

Science  08 Dec 1961:
Vol. 134, Issue 3493, pp. 1884-1885
DOI: 10.1126/science.134.3493.1884


Action potentials of ganglion cells were recorded extracellularly from opened cat eyes. It was found that inhibition, as judged by discharge frequency, may depend upon rate of change of light intensity. Apparently the balance between excitatory and inhibitory inputs at the ganglion cell level depends upon rate of change of illumination. Visual purple bleaching or sensory adaptation taking place during the stimulation does not explain the results.