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Mouse visual cortex contains a region of enhanced spatial resolution.

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Peer-reviewed

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Article

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Authors

Mukherjee, Sreedeep 
Schnabel, Ulf H 
van der Togt, Chris 

Abstract

The representation of space in mouse visual cortex was thought to be relatively uniform. Here we reveal, using population receptive-field (pRF) mapping techniques, that mouse visual cortex contains a region in which pRFs are considerably smaller. This region, the "focea," represents a location in space in front of, and slightly above, the mouse. Using two-photon imaging we show that the smaller pRFs are due to lower scatter of receptive-fields at the focea and an over-representation of binocular regions of space. We show that receptive-fields of single-neurons in areas LM and AL are smaller at the focea and that mice have improved visual resolution in this region of space. Furthermore, freely moving mice make compensatory eye-movements to hold this region in front of them. Our results indicate that mice have spatial biases in their visual processing, a finding that has important implications for the use of the mouse model of vision.

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Keywords

Animals, Eye Movements, Female, Head Movements, Male, Mice, Mice, Inbred C57BL, Photic Stimulation, Visual Cortex, Visual Fields, Visual Perception

Journal Title

Nat Commun

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Journal ISSN

2041-1723
2041-1723

Volume Title

12

Publisher

Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Sponsorship
Wellcome Trust (211258/Z/18/Z)
Wellcome Trust and Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellowship (211258/Z/18/Z)