Part of Neural Information Processing Systems 0 (NIPS 1987)
A single cell theory for the development of selectivity and ocular dominance in visual cortex has been presented previously by Bienenstock, Cooper and Munrol. This has been extended to a network applicable to layer IV of visual cortex2 . In this paper we present a mean field approximation that captures in a fairly transparent manner the quantitative, results of the network theory. Finally, we consider the application of this theory to artificial neural networks and show that a significant reduction in architectural complexity is possible.