Temporal modulation of luminance adapts time constant of fly movement detectors

Borst A, Egelhaaf M (1987)
Biological Cybernetics 56(4): 209-215.

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The time constant of movement detectors in the fly visual system has been proposed to adapt in response to moving stimuli (de Ruyter van Steveninck et al. 1986). The objective of the present study is to analyse, whether this adaptation can be induced as well, if the luminance of a stationary uniform field is modulated in time. The experiments were done on motion-sensitive wide-field neurones of the lobula plate, the posterior part of the third visual ganglion of the blowfly, calliphora erythrocephala. These cells are assumed to receive input from large retinotopic arrays of movement detectors. In order to demonstrate that our results concern the properties of the movement detectors rather than those of a particular wide-field cell we recorded from two different types of them, the H1- and the HSE-cell. Both cell types respond to a brief movement stimulus in their preferred direction with a transient excitation. This response decays about exponentially. The time constant of this decay reflects, in a first approximation, the time constant of the presynaptic movement detectors. It was determined after prestimulation of the cell by the following stimuli: (a) periodic stationary grating; (b) uniform field, the intensity of which was modulated sinusoidally in time (flicker stimulation); (c) periodic grating moving front-to-back; (d) periodic grating moving back-to-front. The decay of the response is significantly faster not only after movement but also after flicker stimulation as compared with pre-stimulation with a stationary stimulus. This is interpreted as an adaptation of the movement detector's time constant. The finding that flicker stimulation also leads to an adaptation shows that movement is not necessary for this process. Instead the adaptation of the time constant appears to be governed mainly by the temporal modulation (i.e., contrast frequency) of the signal in each visual channel.
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Borst A, Egelhaaf M. Temporal modulation of luminance adapts time constant of fly movement detectors. Biological Cybernetics. 1987;56(4):209-215.
Borst, A., & Egelhaaf, M. (1987). Temporal modulation of luminance adapts time constant of fly movement detectors. Biological Cybernetics, 56(4), 209-215.
Borst, A., and Egelhaaf, M. (1987). Temporal modulation of luminance adapts time constant of fly movement detectors. Biological Cybernetics 56, 209-215.
Borst, A., & Egelhaaf, M., 1987. Temporal modulation of luminance adapts time constant of fly movement detectors. Biological Cybernetics, 56(4), p 209-215.
A. Borst and M. Egelhaaf, “Temporal modulation of luminance adapts time constant of fly movement detectors”, Biological Cybernetics, vol. 56, 1987, pp. 209-215.
Borst, A., Egelhaaf, M.: Temporal modulation of luminance adapts time constant of fly movement detectors. Biological Cybernetics. 56, 209-215 (1987).
Borst, Alexander, and Egelhaaf, Martin. “Temporal modulation of luminance adapts time constant of fly movement detectors”. Biological Cybernetics 56.4 (1987): 209-215.
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