Encyclopedia of Computational Neuroscience

2015 Edition
| Editors: Dieter Jaeger, Ranu Jung

Receptive Field Modeling

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6675-8_360



The mathematical modeling of properties of sensory neurons, specifically relating to the patterns that elicit strong neuronal responses.

Detailed Description

The term receptive field (RF) refers to any of the following, depending on the context:
  1. 1.

    The sensory area over which sensory neurons give strong responses (e.g., portion of the visual field for visual neurons, frequency range for auditory neurons, etc.)

  2. 2.

    The input patterns that elicit those strong responses

  3. 3.

    The pattern of strong and weak synaptic strengths that results in the strong responses to the specific patterns

  4. 4.

    The spatiotemporal response properties of the sensory neurons, often referred to as a spatiotemporal receptive field


Modeling refers to the mathematicalmodeling of the response properties of the neuron or the development of the pattern of synaptic strengths and/or the neural dynamics that give rise to those response properties. Thus, the models...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Science and TechnologyBryant UniversitySmithfieldUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Brain and Neural SystemsBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA