January 6, 2016
Science in Medicine presents Fred Rieke, Jan 14th
“Retinal Encoding of Natural Images”
A central goal in the study of any sensory system is to predict neural responses to natural inputs. Nowhere is the transformation from stimulus to response better understood than the vertebrate retina. Nevertheless, descriptions of how the retina works are largely based on artificial visual stimuli, and it is not clear how these descriptions map onto the encoding of natural stimuli. I will describe work aimed at identifying which features of retinal signaling impact responses to natural stimuli, and hence which features are essential to incorporate into models capable of predicting responses to natural inputs.