Global visual processing in the monkey superior colliculus

D. B. Bender, R. M. Davidson

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Neurons were recorded in the superficial layers of the superior colliculus in anesthetized monkeys. As classically described, cells were non-selective for target direction and speed when the target moved through an empty visual field. However, these same cells were sensitive to target direction and speed relative to a textured moving background. The target's response was suppressed when its direction and speed were similar to that of the background, irrespective of the absolute direction of background movement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)372-375
Number of pages4
JournalBrain Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 3 1986


  • corticotectal
  • global vision
  • monkey
  • motion selectivity
  • pattern recognition
  • receptive-field
  • superior colliculus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Developmental Biology


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