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Fast-Most Information Extraction by Retinal Y-X Cells

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Li, Z. (1993). Fast-Most Information Extraction by Retinal Y-X Cells. In F. Eeckman, & J. Bower (Eds.), Computation and Neural Systems (pp. 165-169). Boston, MA, USA: Kluwer.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0002-DE25-B
In mammalian retina, the Y (or M) ganglion cells respond more transiently, have larger receptive fields, and are less spectral selective than the X (or P) cells. A “fast-most” model is introduced to show that the differences between the cells can be explained by assigning different functional goals to them. The goal of the Y cells is to extract as fast as possible the minimum amount of information necessary for quick responses. In contrast, the X cells are to extract as much information as possible.