Show Reference: "Visual Receptive Field Properties of Neurons in the Superficial Superior Colliculus of the Mouse"

Visual Receptive Field Properties of Neurons in the Superficial Superior Colliculus of the Mouse The Journal of Neuroscience, Vol. 30, No. 49. (8 December 2010), pp. 16573-16584, doi:10.1523/jneurosci.3305-10.2010 by Lupeng Wang, Rashmi Sarnaik, Krsna Rangarajan, Xiaorong Liu, Jianhua Cang
    abstract = {The mouse is a promising model in the study of visual system function and development because of available genetic tools. However, a quantitative analysis of visual receptive field properties had not been performed in the mouse superior colliculus ({SC}) despite its importance in mouse vision and its usefulness in developmental studies. We have made single-unit extracellular recordings from superficial layers of the {SC} in urethane-anesthetized {C57BL}/6 mice. We first map receptive fields with flashing spot stimuli and show that most {SC} neurons have spatially overlapped {ON} and {OFF} subfields. With drifting sinusoidal gratings, we then determine the tuning properties of individual {SC} neurons, including selectivity for stimulus direction and orientation, spatial frequency tuning, temporal frequency tuning, response linearity, and size preference. A wide range of receptive field sizes and selectivity are observed across the population and in various subtypes of {SC} neurons identified morphologically. In particular, orientation-selective responses are discovered in the mouse {SC}, and they are not affected by cortical lesion or long-term visual deprivation. However, {ON}/{OFF} characteristics and spatial frequency tuning of {SC} neurons are influenced by cortical inputs and require visual experience during development. Together, our results provide essential information for future investigations on the functional development of the superior colliculus.},
    author = {Wang, Lupeng and Sarnaik, Rashmi and Rangarajan, Krsna and Liu, Xiaorong and Cang, Jianhua},
    day = {8},
    doi = {10.1523/jneurosci.3305-10.2010},
    issn = {1529-2401},
    journal = {The Journal of Neuroscience},
    keywords = {biology, receptive-fields, sc, superficial-sc, visual-processing},
    month = dec,
    number = {49},
    pages = {16573--16584},
    pmcid = {PMC3073584},
    pmid = {21147997},
    posted-at = {2014-03-11 16:04:41},
    priority = {2},
    publisher = {Society for Neuroscience},
    title = {Visual Receptive Field Properties of Neurons in the Superficial Superior Colliculus of the Mouse},
    url = {},
    volume = {30},
    year = {2010}

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Response properties in mouse superficial SC neurons are not strongly influenced by experience.

How strongly SC neurons' development depends on experience (and how strongly well they are developed after birth) is different from species to species, so just because the superficial mouse SC is developed at birth, doesn't mean it is in other species (and I believe responsiveness in cats develops with experience).

Response properties of superficial SC neurons is different from those found in mouse V1 neurons.

Response properties of superficial SC neurons are different in different animals.