Reverse correlation in neurophysiology

Dario Ringach, Robert Shapley

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This article presents a review of reverse correlation in neurophysiology. We discuss the basis of reverse correlation in linear transducers and in spiking neurons. The application of reverse correlation to measure the receptive fields of visual neurons using white noise and m-sequences, and classical findings about spatial and color processing in the cortex resulting from such measurements, are emphasized. Finally, we describe new developments in reverse correlation, including "sub-space" and categorical reverse-correlation. Recent results obtained by applying such methods in the orientation, spatial-frequency and Fourier domains have revealed the importance of cortical inhibition in the establishment of sharp tuning selectivity in single neurons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-166
Number of pages20
JournalCognitive Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2004


  • Impulse response
  • Kernels
  • M-sequences
  • Simple cells
  • Sub-space reverse correlation
  • Triggered-correlation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Artificial Intelligence


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