Retinal ganglion cells: Receptive fields

J. B. Troy*

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An overview of the history of receptive field mapping of mammalian retinal ganglion cells is given in this article. 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 fields is given and an outline provided of widely accepted receptive field models. The various terminologies in use for naming different classes of retinal ganglion cells and their receptive field structures is discussed, and a summary of the current state of this field of research is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Neuroscience
PublisherElsevier Ltd
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9780080450469
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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