Unequal representation of cardinal and oblique contours in ferret visual cortex.

Published

Journal Article

We have measured the amount of cortical space activated by differently oriented gratings in 25 adult ferrets by optical imaging of intrinsic signal. On average, 7% more area of the exposed visual cortex was preferentially activated by vertical and horizontal contours than by contours at oblique angles. This anisotropy may reflect the real-world prevalence of contours in the cardinal axes and could explain the greater sensitivity of many animals to vertical and horizontal stimuli.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Coppola, DM; White, LE; Fitzpatrick, D; Purves, D

Published Date

  • March 3, 1998

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 95 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 2621 - 2623

PubMed ID

  • 9482936

Pubmed Central ID

  • 9482936

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0027-8424

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1073/pnas.95.5.2621

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States