Adaptation in the visual cortex: A case for probing neuronal populations with natural stimuli

Odelia Schwartz, Michoel Snow, Ruben Coen Cagli

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Abstract

The perception of, and neural responses to, sensory stimuli in the present are influenced by what has been observed in the past-a phenomenon known as adaptation. We focus on adaptation in visual cortical neurons as a paradigmatic example. We review recent work that represents two shifts in the way we study adaptation, namely (i) going beyond single neurons to study adaptation in populations of neurons and (ii) going beyond simple stimuli to study adaptation to natural stimuli. We suggest that efforts in these two directions, through a closer integration of experimental and modeling approaches, will enable a more complete understanding of cortical processing in natural environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1246
JournalF1000Research
Volume6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Natural scenes
  • Population coding
  • Visual adaptation
  • Visual cortical neurons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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