Magnification in striate cortex and retinal ganglion cell layer of owl monkey: a quantitative comparison

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Science  25 Nov 1977:
Vol. 198, Issue 4319, pp. 855-857
DOI: 10.1126/science.411172


Magnification, the relative size of the neural representation of a portion of the visual field, decreases more rapidly with increasing visual field eccentricity in striate cortex than in the retinal ganglion cell layer of the owl monkey (Aotus trivirgatus); the proportion of the cells in striate cortex devoted to central vision is much larger than the comparable proportion of retinal ganglion cells. Magnification in striate cortex is a power function of magnification in the retinal ganglion cell layer. A formula for convergence (ganglion cells to cortical neurons) follows from this relationship.