Surround suppression

Gregory William Schwartz*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Surround suppression is perhaps the most well-known retinal computation. Often called lateral inhibition, it is ubiquitous in the central nervous system. Defined broadly, surround suppression in a visual neuron is the collection of mechanisms that create a spatially extended region, the surround, which opposes the receptive field (RF) center. This chapter explores the various mechanisms and functional properties of surround suppression in both the outer retina, where it is mediated by horizontal cells, and the inner retina, where it is mediated by amacrine cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRetinal Computation
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9780128198964
StatePublished - Aug 17 2021


  • Amacrine cells
  • Color
  • Difference-of-Gaussians
  • Horizontal cells
  • Lateral inhibition
  • Motion
  • Polarity
  • Receptive field
  • Surround suppression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Neuroscience


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