Modeling lateral geniculate nucleus response with contrast gain control. Part 2: Analysis

Davis Cope, Barbara Blakeslee, Mark E. McCourt

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Cope et al. [J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 30, 2401 (2013)] proposed a class of models for lateral geniculate nucleus (LGN) ON-cell behavior consisting of a linear response with divisive normalization by local stimulus contrast. Here, we analyze a specific model with the linear response defined by a difference-of-Gaussians filter, and a circular Gaussian for the gain pool weighting function. For sinusoidal grating stimuli, the parameter region for bandpass behavior of the linear response is determined, and the gain control response is shown to act as a switch (changing from "off" to "on" with increasing spatial frequency). It is also shown that large gain pools stabilize the optimal spatial frequency of the total nonlinear response at a fixed value independent of contrast and stimulus magnitude. Under- and super-saturation, as well as contrast saturation, occur as typical effects of stimulus magnitude. For circular spot stimuli, it is shown that large gain pools stabilize the spot size that yields the maximum response.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)348-362
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America A: Optics and Image Science, and Vision
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition


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