Predictive Feedback Can Account for Biphasic Responses in the Lateral Geniculate Nucleus




Jehee, Janneke F. M.
Ballard, Dana H.

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Biphasic neural response properties, where the optimal stimulus for driving a neural response changes from one stimulus pattern to the opposite stimulus pattern over short periods of time, have been described in several visual areas, including lateral geniculate nucleus (LGN), primary visual cortex (V1), and middle temporal area (MT). We describe a hierarchical model of predictive coding and simulations that capture these temporal variations in neuronal response properties. We focus on the LGN-V1 circuit and find that after training on natural images the model exhibits the brain's LGN-V1 connectivity structure, in which the structure of V1 receptive fields is linked to the spatial alignment and properties of center-surround cells in the LGN. In addition, the spatio-temporal response profile of LGN model neurons is biphasic in structure, resembling the biphasic response structure of neurons in cat LGN. Moreover, the model displays a specific pattern of influence of feedback, where LGN receptive fields that are aligned over a simple cell receptive field zone of the same polarity decrease their responses while neurons of opposite polarity increase their responses with feedback. This phase-reversed pattern of influence was recently observed in neurophysiology. These results corroborate the idea that predictive feedback is a general coding strategy in the brain.


Janneke F. M. Jehee is with University of Rochester and Vanderbilt University, Dana H. Ballard is with University of Rochester and UT Austin.

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Jehee JFM, Ballard DH (2009) Predictive Feedback Can Account for Biphasic Responses in the Lateral Geniculate Nucleus. PLoS Comput Biol 5(5): e1000373. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000373