How the retina works

Wil Hadden ask at
Fri Jul 2 13:11:44 EST 2004

"Scott Seidman" <namdiesttocs at> wrote in message >
> FWIW, I'm not sure you need to go into each layer, so much as the
> effective output of the ganglion cells and center-surround antagonism.
> It depends on why you want to model the retina in the first place.
>  Even more pertinent to your work might be Marr, "Vision", Freeman, 1982.
> In all your searches, add the phrase "lateral inhibition"-- its my
> favorite network architecture.  It retina, it serves as a spatial
> differentiator, but in brainstem and spinal cord is serves a temporal
> integrator.  Lateral inhibition-- is there anything it can't do?
> Scott

Lateral inhibition looks promising I must say. It resembles a self organising map in
neural networks and seems to be very useful!
I'm presuming that the horizontal and amacrine cells exhibit lateral inhibition, so
there's no getting away from it!


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