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Journal Articles Nature Communications Year : 2017

Multiplexed computations in retinal ganglion cells of a single type

Ulisse Ferrari
Pierre Yger
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Serge Picaud
Olivier Marre


In the early visual system, cells of the same type perform the same computation in different places of the visual field. How these cells code together a complex visual scene is unclear. A common assumption is that cells of a single-type extract a single-stimulus feature to form a feature map, but this has rarely been observed directly. Using large-scale recordings in the rat retina, we show that a homogeneous population of fast OFF ganglion cells simultaneously encodes two radically different features of a visual scene. Cells close to a moving object code quasilinearly for its position, while distant cells remain largely invariant to the object's position and, instead, respond nonlinearly to changes in the object's speed. We develop a quantitative model that accounts for this effect and identify a disinhibitory circuit that mediates it. Ganglion cells of a single type thus do not code for one, but two features simultaneously. This richer, flexible neural map might also be present in other sensory systems.
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hal-01699587 , version 1 (02-02-2018)



Stéphane Deny, Ulisse Ferrari, Emilie Macé, Pierre Yger, Romain P Caplette, et al.. Multiplexed computations in retinal ganglion cells of a single type. Nature Communications, 2017, 8 (1), pp.1964. ⟨10.1038/s41467-017-02159-y⟩. ⟨hal-01699587⟩
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