Direction selectivity in the retina

David I. Vaney, W. Rowland Taylor

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The neuronal circuitry underlying the generation of direction selectivity in the retina has remained elusive for almost 40 years. Recent studies indicate that direction selectivity may be established within the radial dendrites of 'starburst' amacrine cells and that retinal ganglion cells may acquire their direction selectivity by the appropriate weighting of excitatory and inhibitory inputs from starburst dendrites pointing in different directions. If so, this would require unexpected complexity and subtlety in the synaptic connectivity of these CNS neurons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-410
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Neurobiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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