Facilitation of inhibition in the compound lateral eye of limulus.

@article{Graham1973FacilitationOI,
  title={Facilitation of inhibition in the compound lateral eye of limulus.},
  author={N Graham and Floyd Ratliff and Haldan Keffer Hartline},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={1973},
  volume={70 3},
  pages={
          894-8
        }
}
  • N. GrahamF. RatliffH. Hartline
  • Published 1 March 1973
  • Biology, Psychology
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
In the compound eye of Limulus the inhibitory effect of a burst of impulses from one group of ommatidia on the response of a neighboring ommatidium is greater when that burst is preceded by another burst of impulses. This facilitation of inhibition decays slowly, with a time constant of several seconds. Facilitation of inhibition accumulates as the number of impulses in the first burst increases, but there is a maximum that it cannot exceed. The facilitation is localized; one group of ommatidia… 

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