Biological Sciences 300/301, Smith College | Neurophysiology

Supplementary materials on vision

http://www.science.smith.edu/departments/NeuroSci/courses/bio330/vision.html

Revised March 23, 2013

Demonstrations

Video of Hubel & Wiesel's experiments recording from visual cortex

Random-dot motion stimuli from the Newsome lab at Stanford

Spatial frequency gratings at different frequencies and contrasts (USD) -- scroll down to "Exploratory Demonstration"

Animation of flicker stimuli (Fig. 2 from Kiper et al, 1996)

Project LITE, Boston University's online demonstrations of visual phenomena.

Readings

Hubel and Wiesel's autobiographical essay (Neuron 20: 401-412, 1998) [Smith campus only.]

Paper on ocular dominance columns and orientation pinwheels. [Crair et al. (1997) J Neurophysiology 77: 3381-3385.] See Figure 2. [Smith campus only.]

Class handout on spatial frequency (PDF format)

Class handout on color vision (PDF format)

Writing assignment and links to readings on "Top-Down Components of Visual Processing" (2008)

Visual
Binding
Problem

D. C. Kiper, K. R. Gegenfurtner and J. A. Movshon (1996) Cortical oscillatory responses do not affect visual segmentation. Vision Research 36: 539-544.

Animation of figure 2 (flicker stimuli)

Shadlen & Movshon (1999) Synchrony unbound: a critical evaluation of the temporal binding hypothesis. Neuron 24: 67-77.

Writing assignment on the visual binding problem (2006).

Software

Download MacRetina 2.2     Macintosh version only. Requires Mac Classic or OS 9. Download requires free Stuffit Expander.
NOTE: This version will not print the receptive field maps under OS X running Mac Classic. A workaround is to use screen capture to copy the maps individually.

MacRetina assignment

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