Neural Correlate of Perceptual Adaptation to Gratings

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Science  07 Dec 1973:
Vol. 182, Issue 4116, pp. 1036-1038
DOI: 10.1126/science.182.4116.1036


Exposure of simple cells of the cat striate cortex to high-contrast drifting gratings greatly reduces the subsequent response of the cells to low-contrast gratings. This adaptation effect has an average duration of 30 seconds and shows interocular transfer and selectivity for spatial frequency and orientation. This effect is strikingly similar to the perceptual adaptation to high-contrast gratings.

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