Visual Cortex Columns Question

Richard Vickery Richard.Vickery at
Mon Nov 20 18:42:40 EST 2000

mike wrote:
>  I am not sure how i want to phrase this question, but what purpose do the
> Ocular dominance, and Orientation columns in the visual cortex serve?
> Hope that makes some sort of sense.

Because of the laminar structure of cortex, columns make evolutionary
sense - combining similar inputs and keeping the wiring simple. 
Purpose is harder to answer, as you could devise alternate schemes
that functioned without columns.  I believe the essence is to
facilitate re-inforcement and suppression - so that activity in a
given orientation column tends to lead to more activity in that column
and suppression of activity in neighbouring columns of different

Dr Richard Vickery                  
School of Physiology & Pharmacology, UNSW, Australia, 2052
ph. 61 2 93851676,  fax 61 2 93851059     

More information about the Neur-sci mailing list