Receptive Fields without Spike-Triggering

  title={Receptive Fields without Spike-Triggering},
  author={Jakob H. Macke and Guenther Zeck and Matthias Bethge},
Stimulus selectivity of sensory neurons is often characterized by estimating their receptive field properties such as orientation selectivity. Receptive fields are usually derived from the mean (or covariance) of the spike-triggered stimulus ensemble. This approach treats each spike as an independent message but does not take into account that information might be conveyed through patterns of neural activity that are dis tributed across space or time. Can we find a concise description for the… CONTINUE READING