Receptive Fields of Opponent Color Units in the Optic Nerve of the Ground Squirrel

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Science  20 May 1966:
Vol. 152, Issue 3725, pp. 1095-1097
DOI: 10.1126/science.152.3725.1095


When mapped with white light, each receptive field consisted either of an excitatory ("on") center and a concentric inhibitory ("off") surround, or of the reverse arrangement. Monochromatic stimuli revealed that each receptive field was composed of two mutually antagonistic components (one excitatory, one inhibitory) which had different spectral sensitivities and different spatial distributions. For some units the two chromatic components had identical spatial distributions.