centre-surround receptive field

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A type of receptive field characteristic of retinal ganglion cells and bipolar cells with a central ON area in which stimulation tends to excite neural responses and a surrounding OFF area in which stimulation tends to suppress neural responses by lateral inhibition, so that the strongest response occurs when only the central region is stimulated; the term also applies to a receptive field with a central OFF area and a surrounding ON area. US center-surround receptive field. See also blob, double-opponent receptive field, Hermann grid, off-centre cell, on-centre cell, Ouchi illusion.

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