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Nat Neurosci. 2007 May;10(5):552-4. Epub 2007 Apr 22.

Detection and prediction of periodic patterns by the retina.

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Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544, USA.

Abstract

A fundamental task of the brain is detecting patterns in the environment that enable predictions about the future. Here, we show that the salamander and mouse retinas can recognize a wide class of periodic temporal patterns, such that a subset of ganglion cells fire strongly and specifically in response to a violation of the periodicity. This sophisticated retinal processing may provide a substrate for hierarchical pattern detection in subsequent circuits.

PMID:
17450138
PMCID:
PMC3196557
DOI:
10.1038/nn1887
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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