Receptive fields of retinal ganglion cells

John B. Troy*

*Corresponding author for this work

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An overview of the history of receptive field mapping of mammalian retinal ganglion cells. The receptive field concept is described, along with how this concept has been applied to retinal ganglion cells. A brief description of different types of retinal ganglion cell receptive field is given and an outline provided of widely accepted receptive field models. The various terminologies in use for naming different classes of retinal ganglion cell and their receptive field structures is discussed and a summary of where this field of research stands now is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Curated Reference Collection in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology
PublisherElsevier Science Ltd.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780128093245
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Center-surround organization
  • Directional selectivity
  • M cell
  • Models
  • Neural coding
  • P cell
  • Receptive field
  • Retina
  • Retinal ganglion cell
  • Sensory systems
  • Visual information processing
  • W cell
  • X cell
  • Y cell

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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