Properties and Possible Mechanisms of Response Modulation by the Receptive Field Surround in the Cat Primary Visual Cortex

  • Hiromichi Sato
Conference paper
Part of the Keio University International Symposia for Life Sciences and Medicine book series (KEIO, volume 11)


In neurons of the primary visual cortex (V1), the response to the grating stimulus presented in the classical receptive field (CRF) is suppressively modulated by the grating presented at the receptive field surround (SRF). This surround suppression (SS) depends on the relationship of stimulus parameters, such as orientation and spatial frequency, between the CRF and SRF gratings. The strength of SS depends on the stimulus contrast of both CRF and SRF. To assess the input mechanism underlying this stimulus-context-dependent suppression, we performed two series of experiments on the contribution of intracortical inhibition to SS and the nature of the contrast-gain control mechanism of SS.

Key words

Primary visual cortex Surround suppression Excitation and inhibition 

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© Springer-Verlag Tokyo 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hiromichi Sato
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Health and Sport Sciences and Graduate School of Frontier BiosciencesOsaka UniversityToyonakaOsakaJapan

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