A four neuron circuit accounts for change sensitive inhibition in salamander retina

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 3 (NIPS 1990)

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Jeffrey Teeters, Frank Eeckman, Frank Werblin


In salamander retina, the response of On-Off ganglion cells to a central flash is reduced by movement in the receptive field surround. Through computer simulation of a 2-D model which takes into account their anatomical and physiological properties, we show that interactions between four neuron types (two bipolar and two amacrine) may be responsible for the generation and lateral conductance of this change sensitive inhibition. The model shows that the four neuron circuit can account for previously observed movement sensitive reductions in ganglion cell sensitivity and allows visualization and prediction of the spatio-temporal pattern of activity in change sensitive retinal cells.