are sections of the visual cortex where groups of neurons that are sensitive to color assemble in cylindrical shapes. They were first identified in 1979 by Margaret Wong-Riley when she used a cytochrome oxidase
stain, from which they get their name. These areas receive input from parvocellular
cells in layer 4Cβ of the primary visual cortex
and output to the thin stripes of area V2
are areas between blobs which receive the same input, but are sensitive to orientation
instead of color. They output to the pale stripes of area V2.