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Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2012 Jan;36(1):1-25. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2011.03.009. Epub 2011 Mar 21.

The behavioral receptive field underlying motion integration for primate tracking eye movements.

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Team Dynamics of Visual Perception and Action (DyVA), Institut de Neurosciences Cognitives de la Méditerranée (INCM), CNRS & Aix-Marseille Université, 13402 Marseille Cedex 20, France.


Short-latency ocular following are reflexive, tracking eye movements that are observed in human and non-human primates in response to a sudden and brief translation of the image. Initial, open-loop part of the eye acceleration reflects many of the properties attributed to low-level motion processing. We review a very large set of behavioral data demonstrating several key properties of motion detection and integration stages and their dynamics. We propose that these properties can be modeled as a behavioral receptive field exhibiting linear and nonlinear mechanisms responsible for context-dependent spatial integration and gain control. Functional models similar to that used for describing neuronal properties of receptive fields can then be applied successfully.

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