1985 volume 14(2) pages 105 – 126
doi:10.1068/p140105

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Allman J, Miezin F, McGuinness E, 1985, "Direction- and velocity-specific responses from beyond the classical receptive field in the middle temporal visual area (MT)" Perception 14(2) 105 – 126

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Direction- and velocity-specific responses from beyond the classical receptive field in the middle temporal visual area (MT)

John Allman, Francis Miezin, EveLynn McGuinness

Received 21 May 1984, in revised form 3 October 1984

Abstract. The true receptive field of more than 90% of neurons in the middle temporal visual area (MT) extends well beyond the classical receptive field (crf), as mapped with conventional bar or spot stimuli, and includes a surrounding region that is 50 to 100 times the area of the crf. These extensive surrounds are demonstrated by simultaneously stimulating the crf and the surround with moving stimuli. The surrounds commonly have directional and velocity-selective influences that are antagonistic to the response from the crf. The crfs of MT neurons are organized in a topographic representation of the visual field. Thus MT neurons are embedded in an orderly visuotopic array, but are capable of integrating local stimulus conditions within a global context. The extensive surrounds of MT neurons may be involved in figure-ground discrimination, preattentive vision, perceptual constancies, and depth perception through motion cues.

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