Vision: Mechanisms of Orientation, Direction and Depth

N. J. Priebe*, D. Ferster

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Neurons of the primary visual cortex of most mammals are highly selective for the orientation of a contour in visual space. Many neurons are also selective for the direction of motion and for binocular disparity (stimulus depth). In this article we describe these receptive field properties and possible mechanisms by which the cortical circuitry creates them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Neuroscience
PublisherElsevier Ltd
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9780080450469
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009


  • Depth vision
  • Direction selectivity
  • Disparity selectivity
  • Orientation selectivity
  • Stereoscopic vision
  • Stereovision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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