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DAVID H. HUBEL and TORSTEN N. WIESEL

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195176186

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176186.001.0001

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Anatomy of the Geniculo-Cortical Pathway: The Nauta Method

Anatomy of the Geniculo-Cortical Pathway: The Nauta Method

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(p.286) Chapter 17 Anatomy of the Geniculo-Cortical Pathway: The Nauta Method
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Brain and Visual Perception
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David H. Hubel

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176186.003.0017

This chapter presents a paper entitled “Laminar and Columnar Distribution of Geniculo—Cortical Fibers in the Macaque Monkey”. This paper demonstrated the ocular dominance columns anatomically. Small lesions were made in single layers or pairs of layers in the lateral geniculate body, and the striate cortex was later examined with a Fink—Heimer modification of the Nauta method. It shows that the long narrow stripes of alternating left-eye and right-eye input to layer IV were an anatomical counterpart of the physiologically observed ocular dominance columns. Because of this segregation of inputs, cells of layer IV were almost invariably influenced by one eye only. A cell above or below layer IV would be dominated by the eye supplying the nearest IVth layer stripe but would generally receive a subsidiary input from the other eye by diagonal connections from the nearest stripes supplied by that eye.

Keywords:   ocular dominance columns, striate cortex, macaque monkey, lesions, layer IV, Nauta method

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