Input-output transformation in the visuo-oculomotor loop: comparison of real-time optical imaging recordings in V1 to ocular following responses upon center-surround stimulation.

A. Reynaud, F. V. Barthélemy, G. S. Masson, F. Chavane


In psychophysics and physiology, it is well established that lateral interactions are crucial mechanisms to constrain response normalization and contextual modulations. To study the cortical mechanisms involved in the contextual modulation of the behavioral contrast response function, we compared in behaving monkeys the Ocular Following Response (OFR) to V1 population activity measured using Optical Imaging of Voltage-Sensitive Dyes (VSD). If contrast response functions (CRF) to a simple local stimulus are similar in V1 and in the OFR, lateral interaction leads however to quite different modulation at those two levels. At the behavioural level, contrast response function is strongly suppressed by lateral interactions, and this suppression is stronger for higher contrasts. In V1, we showed a slow dynamic of facilitation for low contrasts integration and a fast suppression operating on high contrasts. These modulatory interactions influence differently the contrast response functions, interrupting the dynamic increase of contrast sensitivity in OFR, but not in V1 response. The temporal properties of those effects lead us to hypothesize that horizontal and feedback connectivity have differential effect on low and high contrasts integration in V1. V1 provides then an input to MT whose contextual dependency is not totally determined and must be refined before affecting the behavioural OFR.

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