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TitleNeocortical Rebound Depolarization Enhances Visual Perception.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsFunayama, Kenta, Genki Minamisawa, Nobuyoshi Matsumoto, Hiroshi Ban, Allen W. Chan, Norio Matsuki, Timothy H. Murphy, and Yuji Ikegaya
JournalPLoS Biol
Date Published2015 Aug

Animals are constantly exposed to the time-varying visual world. Because visual perception is modulated by immediately prior visual experience, visual cortical neurons may register recent visual history into a specific form of offline activity and link it to later visual input. To examine how preceding visual inputs interact with upcoming information at the single neuron level, we designed a simple stimulation protocol in which a brief, orientated flashing stimulus was subsequently coupled to visual stimuli with identical or different features. Using in vivo whole-cell patch-clamp recording and functional two-photon calcium imaging from the primary visual cortex (V1) of awake mice, we discovered that a flash of sinusoidal grating per se induces an early, transient activation as well as a long-delayed reactivation in V1 neurons. This late response, which started hundreds of milliseconds after the flash and persisted for approximately 2 s, was also observed in human V1 electroencephalogram. When another drifting grating stimulus arrived during the late response, the V1 neurons exhibited a sublinear, but apparently increased response, especially to the same grating orientation. In behavioral tests of mice and humans, the flashing stimulation enhanced the detection power of the identically orientated visual stimulation only when the second stimulation was presented during the time window of the late response. Therefore, V1 late responses likely provide a neural basis for admixing temporally separated stimuli and extracting identical features in time-varying visual environments.

Alternate JournalPLoS Biol.
PubMed ID26274866
PubMed Central IDPMC4537103