The Embedded Neuron, the Enactive Field?

Mazviita Chirimuuta and Ian Gold

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Neuroscience

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780195304787
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

The Embedded Neuron, the Enactive Field?


This article examines the concept of the receptive field (RF) of visual neurons. It introduces the concept of visual RFs by discussing the classical picture of primary visual cortex (V1) physiology and discusses the psychophysics and computational vision of contrast discrimination to place the visual neurophysiology in context. It evaluates some recent data which questioned the classical conception of the RF and considers some options available for absorbing these data into visual theory.

Keywords: receptive field; visual neurons; primary visual cortex; psychophysics; computational vision; contrast discrimination; visual neurophysiology; visual theory

Article.  11905 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Philosophy of Mind

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