Cell types and computing in the retina

The retina has 60 different types of neurons. What are their functions? This lecture explores the definition of cell types and their functions in the mammalian retina. Speaker: Christof Koch.

By Allen Institute for Brain Science
Published Sep, 2012

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Topics covered:

  1. Introduction to retinal structure and function
  2. Retinal neuron types and anatomy, physiology
  3. On-cells and off-cells
  4. Retinal tiling
  5. Major cell types in the retina
  6. Retinal output
  7. Object motion sensitive cells
  8. Distinguishing between local and global motion
  9. Shunting inhibition
  10. Using retinal coding knowledge to design prostheses
  11. Q&A from 1:02:28


Some basic knowledge of neurons and the visual system, comparable to the two first lectures in this series.