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  Central core control of developmental plasticity in the kitten visual cortex II: Electrical activation of mesencephalic and diencephalic projections

Singer, W., & Rauschecker, J. (1982). Central core control of developmental plasticity in the kitten visual cortex II: Electrical activation of mesencephalic and diencephalic projections. Experimental Brain Research, 47(2), 223-233. doi:10.1007/BF00239381.

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Singer, W, Author
Rauschecker, JP1, 2, Author              
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1Former Department Structure and Function of Natural Nerve-Net , Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, ou_1497803              
2Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, Spemannstrasse 38, 72076 Tübingen, DE, ou_1497794              

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 Abstract: Fifteen dark-reared, 4- to 5-week-old kittens were stimulated monocularly with patterned light while they were anesthetized and paralyzed. Six of these kittens were exposed to the light stimuli only, in four kittens the light stimuli were paired with electric stimulation of the mesencephalic reticular formation and in five kittens with electric activation of the medial thalamic nuclei. Throughout the conditioning period, the ocular dominance of neurons in the visual cortex was determined from evoked potentials that were elicited either with electric stimulation of the optic nerves or with phase reversing gratings of variable spatial frequencies. In two kittens, ocular dominance changes were assessed after the end of the conditioning period by analyzing single unit receptive fields. Monocular stimulation with patterned light induced a marked shift of ocular dominance toward the stimulated eye, when the light stimulus was paired with electric activation of either the mesencephalic reticular formation or of the medial thalamus. Moreover, a substantial fraction of cells acquired mature receptive fields. No such changes occurred with light or electric stimulation alone. It is concluded that central core projections which modulate cortical excitability gate experience-dependent modifications of connections in the kitten visual cortex.

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 Dates: 1982-07
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Title: Experimental Brain Research
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Publ. Info: Heidelberg : Springer-Verlag
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 47 (2) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 223 - 233 Identifier: ISSN: 0014-4819
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954925398496