Integration of visual and infrared information in bimodal neurons of the rattlesnake optic tectum

Eric A. Newman, Peter H. Hartline

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Abstract

Bimodal neurons in the rattlesnake tectum, which receive sensory input from the retina and from the infrared-sensing pit organ, exhibit novel, highly nonlinear cross-modality interactions. Some units respond only to simultaneous bimodal stimulation. Others respond to only one of the two modalities, but show greatly enhanced or depressed responses when stimulated simultaneously in the second modality. These cross-modality interactions may play an important role in recognizing and orienting toward biologically important objects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)789-791
Number of pages3
JournalScience
Volume213
Issue number4509
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981

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