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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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Plasticity and Development of Monkey Ocular Dominance Columns

Plasticity and Development of Monkey Ocular Dominance Columns

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(p.493) Chapter 25 Plasticity and Development of Monkey Ocular Dominance Columns
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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/9780195176186.003.0025

This chapter presents two lengthy papers entitled “Plasticity of Ocular Dominance Columns in Monkey Striate Cortex”, and “The Development of Ocular Dominance Columns in Normal and Visually Deprived Monkeys”. The chief finding of the first paper tackles the effects of early eye removal or monocular lid closure on the ocular dominance stripes in layer IVC. Deprivation in the first few weeks of life resulted in a change in the relative sizes of the two sets of stripes, with a shrinkage of stripes receiving input from the deprived eye and a corresponding expansion of those with input from the normal eye. The main purpose of the second paper was to examine the normal postnatal development of ocular dominance columns in the striate cortex of the macaque monkey and to determine how this developmental process was influenced by the monocular lid-suture.

Keywords:   eye removal, striate cortex, newborn monkeys, ocular dominance, suturing, visual deprivation

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