Directional Movement and Horizontal Edge Detectors in the Pigeon Retina

Science  15 Nov 1963:
Vol. 142, Issue 3594, pp. 977-979
DOI: 10.1126/science.142.3594.977


There are ganglion cells in the pigeon retina that respond selectively, some to any edge moving in a particcular direction only, others to any vertically moving horizontal edge. This selective response to a specific stimulus arises from the selective sensitivity of each neuron to a particular spatiotemporal configuration in its afferent influences, and is independent of specific pathways.