Motion anticipation

Gregory William Schwartz*

*Corresponding author for this work

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We perceive the visual world without a lag despite substantial neuronal delays in phototransduction and subsequent neuronal transmission. Interacting with moving objects-predators, prey, or even the tennis ball approaching your racket-depends on overcoming the visual system's lag. This is a problem of prediction, and part of the solution begins in the retina with a computation called motion anticipation. Retinal ganglion cells represent moving objects ahead of their current position along their movement direction. The circuit mechanisms of motion anticipation in the retina are reasonably well understood, and they are surprisingly generalizable to other circuits throughout the central nervous system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRetinal Computation
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9780128198964
StatePublished - Aug 17 2021


  • Circuit mechanisms
  • Flash-lag effect
  • Motion
  • Motion anticipation
  • Motion onset response
  • Neural processing
  • Phototransduction
  • Prey capture
  • Retinal ganglion cells
  • Reversal response
  • Trajectory estimation
  • Visual world

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Neuroscience


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