Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Abstract. The different cortical visual cells exhibit a large repertoire of responses to sinusoidal gratings, depending on their receptive field structure and the stimulation parameters. It has been shown previously that the tuning curves and histogram shapes of cell responses are affected by subunit distances. One receptive field model (Spitzer and Hochstein 1985b) incorporated subunit distance but assigned it as a constant parameter, for ease of calculation. Here we investigate different tuning curve properties of various primary cortical cell types during testing of 10 deg of nonuniform distances of the receptive fields’ subunits. The effect of nonuniformity was compared for average responses, tuning curve shapes, maximum peak responses, and bandwidths across four cell types of different sizes. The shapes and other properties of tuning curves are usually found to be retained also when the degree of uniformity is not very high for most of the cell types. In addition, the effect of uniformity is compared across these different response properties. The maximum peak responses of the tuning curve are found to display a lower coefficient of variation than the bandwidth, for all cell types, for most degrees of uniformity.
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