Thursday, October 18, 2012
201 E. Bridge
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.