Texture sensitivity

Gregory William Schwartz*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Surface texture can often be estimated from visual cues involving the spatial distribution of contrast; smooth textures have more uniform contrast distribution than bumpy textures. While humans rely on the high-acuity fovea to make such discriminations, most species respond to texture cues without a fovea. This chapter explores the capacity of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) to transmit information about space that is up to an order of magnitude finer in scale than the size of their receptive field centers. The key to this computation is that most RGCs integrate space nonlinearly.

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


  • Nonlinear spatial integration
  • Receptive field
  • Retinal ganglion cells
  • Texture sensitivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Neuroscience


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