One may study the visual system by stimulating the retina with spots or patterns of light and recording from single cells at successive stages in the visual pathway. By comparing response properties of the cells in a given structure with those of the fibers feeding into it we can attempt to learn something of how the structure modifies the visual information it receives. A description is given of responses of single cells in the optic nerve, the lateral geniculate body, and the visual cortex of the cat.
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