Opponent Color Cells in the Cat Lateral Geniculate Nucleus

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Science  02 Jan 1970:
Vol. 167, Issue 3914, pp. 84-86
DOI: 10.1126/science.167.3914.84


A microelectrode survey of the cat lateral geniculate has uncovered an infrequent new type of lateral geniculate cell in layer B with "on" center responses to short wavelengths and "off" center responses to long wavelengths. The short wavelength responses are mediated by cones with peak sensitivity at about 450 nanometers, and the long wavelength responses by cones with peak sensitivity at 556 nanometers. Two of double opponent color cells also had double opponent features.

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