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I've seen a lot of textbooks and papers explain how lateral inhibition can account for simultaneous lightness contrast, but what is the original theory/papers that I could cite?

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    $\begingroup$ ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2147566 $\endgroup$ – honi Nov 20 '15 at 18:41
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    $\begingroup$ E. Mach Über die Wirkung der räumlichen Vertheilung des Lichtreizes auf die Netzhaut Siztungsberichte der kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien. Mathematisch-naturwissenschaftliche Classe, 52 (1865), pp. 302–322 $\endgroup$ – honi Nov 20 '15 at 18:43
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    $\begingroup$ E. Hering Zur Lehre vom Lichtsinne. V. Grundzüge einer Theorie des Lichtsinnes Sitzungsberichte der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften inWien. Mathematisch-naturwissenschaftliche Classe. Abth. III, 69 (1874), pp. 179–217 $\endgroup$ – honi Nov 20 '15 at 18:43
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    $\begingroup$ S.W. Kuffler Discharge patterns an functional organization of mammalian retina Journal of Neurophysiology, 16 (1953), pp. 37–68 $\endgroup$ – honi Nov 20 '15 at 18:44
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    $\begingroup$ the previous three were gleaned from sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0042698904002482 $\endgroup$ – honi Nov 20 '15 at 18:44