Visual Receptive Fields Sensitive to Absolute and Relative Motion during Tracking

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Science  08 Dec 1972:
Vol. 178, Issue 4065, pp. 1106-1108
DOI: 10.1126/science.178.4065.1106


Some neurons in the visual cortex of awake monkeys visually tracking a moving target showed receptive fields that were excited only by stimulus motion relative to a background, while other neurons responded to any kind of stimulus motion. This result was found with two methods, one in which tracking eye movements were identical in both relative-motion and absolute-motion conditions, and another in which stimulus motions on the retina were identical in both conditions. This response pattern can differentiate translation of the retinal image during eye movement from motion of objects in the world.