Specialized Receptive Fields of the Cat's Retina

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Science  27 May 1966:
Vol. 152, Issue 3726, pp. 1277-1279
DOI: 10.1126/science.152.3726.1277


Three new types of receptive field have been found in the cat's retina. The responses of these fields to flashing lights and moving objects suggest that the manner in which they code visual information may be quite different from that of the center-surround fields described in previous studies. These "specialized" fields were all found in the area centralis. A definite functional difference, corresponding to the known anatomical difference, between this region and the rest of the retina, is suggested.