The dynamic receptive fields of retinal ganglion cells

Sophia Wienbar, Gregory W. Schwartz*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) were one of the first classes of sensory neurons to be described in terms of a receptive field (RF). Over the last six decades, our understanding of the diversity of RGC types and the nuances of their response properties has grown exponentially. We will review the current understanding of RGC RFs mostly from studies in mammals, but including work from other vertebrates as well. We will argue for a new paradigm that embraces the fluidity of RGC RFs with an eye toward the neuroethology of vision. Specifically, we will focus on (1) different methods for measuring RGC RFs, (2) RF models, (3) feature selectivity and the distinction between fluid and stable RF properties, and (4) ideas about the future of understanding RGC RFs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)102-117
Number of pages16
JournalProgress in Retinal and Eye Research
StatePublished - Nov 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems


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