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TitleContrast coding in the electrosensory system: parallels with visual computation.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsClarke, Stephen E., Andre Longtin, and Leonard Maler
JournalNat Rev Neurosci
Date Published2015 Dec
KeywordsAfferent Pathways, Animals, Behavior, Animal, Electric Organ, Neural Networks (Computer), Perception, Sensory Receptor Cells

To identify and interact with moving objects, including other members of the same species, an animal's nervous system must correctly interpret patterns of contrast in the physical signals (such as light or sound) that it receives from the environment. In weakly electric fish, the motion of objects in the environment and social interactions with other fish create complex patterns of contrast in the electric fields that they produce and detect. These contrast patterns can extend widely over space and time and represent a multitude of relevant features, as is also true for other sensory systems. Mounting evidence suggests that the computational principles underlying contrast coding in electrosensory neural networks are conserved elements of spatiotemporal processing that show strong parallels with the vertebrate visual system.

Alternate JournalNat. Rev. Neurosci.
PubMed ID26558527
Grant List / / Canadian Institutes of Health Research / Canada