Neuronal encoding of object and distance information: a model simulation study on naturalistic optic flow processing

Hennig P, Egelhaaf M (2012)
Frontiers in Neural Circuits 6.

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We developed a model of the input circuitry of the FD1 cell, an identified motion-sensitive interneuron in the blowfly's visual system. The model circuit successfully reproduces the FD1 cell's most conspicuous property: its larger responses to objects than to spatially extended patterns. The model circuit also mimics the time-dependent responses of FD1 to dynamically complex naturalistic stimuli, shaped by the blowfly's saccadic flight and gaze strategy: the FD1 responses are enhanced when, as a consequence of self-motion, a nearby object crosses the receptive field during intersaccadic intervals. Moreover, the model predicts that these object-induced responses are superimposed by pronounced pattern-dependent fluctuations during movements on virtual test flights in a three-dimensional environment with systematic modifications of the environmental patterns. Hence, the FD1 cell is predicted to detect not unambiguously objects defined by the spatial layout of the environment, but to be also sensitive to objects distinguished by textural features. These ambiguous detection abilities suggest an encoding of information about objects-irrespective of the features by which the objects are defined-by a population of cells, with the FD1 cell presumably playing a prominent role in such an ensemble.
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Hennig P, Egelhaaf M. Neuronal encoding of object and distance information: a model simulation study on naturalistic optic flow processing. Frontiers in Neural Circuits. 2012;6.
Hennig, P., & Egelhaaf, M. (2012). Neuronal encoding of object and distance information: a model simulation study on naturalistic optic flow processing. Frontiers in Neural Circuits, 6.
Hennig, P., and Egelhaaf, M. (2012). Neuronal encoding of object and distance information: a model simulation study on naturalistic optic flow processing. Frontiers in Neural Circuits 6.
Hennig, P., & Egelhaaf, M., 2012. Neuronal encoding of object and distance information: a model simulation study on naturalistic optic flow processing. Frontiers in Neural Circuits, 6.
P. Hennig and M. Egelhaaf, “Neuronal encoding of object and distance information: a model simulation study on naturalistic optic flow processing”, Frontiers in Neural Circuits, vol. 6, 2012.
Hennig, P., Egelhaaf, M.: Neuronal encoding of object and distance information: a model simulation study on naturalistic optic flow processing. Frontiers in Neural Circuits. 6, (2012).
Hennig, Patrick, and Egelhaaf, Martin. “Neuronal encoding of object and distance information: a model simulation study on naturalistic optic flow processing”. Frontiers in Neural Circuits 6 (2012).
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