Thursday, October 18, 2012
4:00 pm
East Bridge 201

Physics Research Conference

Neural computations in the retina
Markus Meister, Harvard University
Starting with the raw optical image projected on the photoreceptors, the retina performs a great deal of visual processing to compute about twenty parallel neural images, which are transmitted to the brain by the optic nerve fibers. I will describe some of these neural computations identified only recently and explain how they are accomplished by circuits of retinal interneurons. I will also discuss the implications of these newly discovered functions for processing in higher stations of the visual system that draw their inputs from the retina.
Contact Sheri Stoll sstoll@caltech.edu at 395-6608
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