Detection and prediction of periodic patterns by the retina

Greg Schwartz, Rob Harris, David Shrom, Michael J. Berry*

*Corresponding author for this work

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A fundamental task of the brain is detecting patterns in the environment that enable predictions about the future. Here, we show that the salamander and mouse retinas can recognize a wide class of periodic temporal patterns, such that a subset of ganglion cells fire strongly and specifically in response to a violation of the periodicity. This sophisticated retinal processing may provide a substrate for hierarchical pattern detection in subsequent circuits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)552-554
Number of pages3
JournalNature neuroscience
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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