Abstract

An adaptation model for the level of the ganglion cell in the retina is presented. The model assumes separate adaptation mechanisms for each of the receptive field (RF) regions, i.e., before edge detection. According to the model, the decay in the response time course of each RF region reflects its adaptation process. A mathematical description of adaptation that includes its temporal properties is developed through the change in the semisaturation constant σ in the Naka–Rushton equation. The model and its simulations show a good agreement with a wide variety of physiological studies.

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