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Neuronal adaptation: Delay compensation at the level of single neurons?

  • J. Patrick Mayo (a1) and Marc A. Sommer (a1)

Saccades divide visual input into rapid, discontinuous periods of stimulation on the retina. The response of single neurons to such sequential stimuli is neuronal adaptation; a robust first response followed by an interval-dependent diminished second response. Adaptation is pervasive in both early and late stages of visual processing. Given its inherent coding of brief time intervals, neuronal adaptation may play a fundamental role in compensating for visual delays.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
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