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Neuron, Vol. 20, 959969, May, 1998, Copyright 1998 by Cell Press Efficient Discrimination of Temporal Patterns
 

Summary: Neuron, Vol. 20, 959969, May, 1998, Copyright 1998 by Cell Press
Efficient Discrimination of Temporal Patterns
by Motion-Sensitive Neurons
in Primate Visual Cortex
fidelity. Information-theoreticmeasures, by contrast, ex-
press not only what stimulus characteristics are en-
coded ina spiketrain but also how well theyare encoded
(see, e.g., Rieke et al., 1997).
We have explored how motion-sensitive neurons in
Giedrius T. Burac as,* Anthony M. Zador,*
Michael R. DeWeese, and Thomas D. Albright*
*Howard Hughes Medical Institute
and Sloan Center for Theoretical Neurobiology
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
La Jolla, California 92037 the middle temporal (MT) cortex of alert monkeys en-
code rapidly and unpredictably changing stimuli. We
have adopted an approach in which encoding is defined
in terms of the stimulus features that a neuron is bestSummary
able to discriminate rather than in terms of the features
that drive it to fire fastest. We quantitate an averageAlthough motion-sensitive neurons in macaque mid-

  

Source: Albright, Tom - Vision Center Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Zadorlab, Tony - Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

 

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