The retina generates multiple representations of the visual world, each a different space-time abstration of the visual scene. Here are seven different "views" of a face taken from seven different retinal strata of the inner plexiform layer. All these functions are generated by a repeating motif of synaptic interactions,
The retinal hypercircuit.
The goal of our research is to uncover the neural circuitry that mediates some of the remarkable processing capabilities of the retina. The retina to operates at high spatial and temporal resolution over more than 7 orders of magnitude, to detect the direction of motion, to blank and then recover after saccades, to generate at least a dozen different abstract representations of the visual world. How is all of this, and much more, possible in this tissuepaper-thin array of neurons?