Statistical Wiring of Thalamic Receptive Fields Optimizes Spatial Sampling of the Retinal Image

@article{Martinez2014StatisticalWO,
  title={Statistical Wiring of Thalamic Receptive Fields Optimizes Spatial Sampling of the Retinal Image},
  author={Luis M. Martinez and Manuel Molano-Mazon and Xin Wang and Friedrich T. Sommer and Judith A. Hirsch},
  journal={Neuron},
  year={2014},
  volume={81},
  pages={943-956}
}
It is widely assumed that mosaics of retinal ganglion cells establish the optimal representation of visual space. However, relay cells in the visual thalamus often receive convergent input from several retinal afferents and, in cat, outnumber ganglion cells. To explore how the thalamus transforms the retinal image, we built a model of the retinothalamic circuit using experimental data and simple wiring rules. The model shows how the thalamus might form a resampled map of visual space with the… CONTINUE READING