Developmental Plasticity in the Cat’s Visual Cortex

  • C. Blakemore
Part of the Advances in Behavioral Biology book series (ABBI, volume 15)


In many species, the processing of visual information reaches a high level of complexity right in the retina itself. In rabbits (Levick, 1967), pigeons (Maturana and Frenk, 1963) and frogs (Lettvin, Maturana, McCulloch and Pitts, 1959), for example, retinal ganglion cells often demonstrate remarkable stimulus specificity. Within its receptive field (the region of receptors from which it receives information) each cell may require a quite specific visual stimulus to coax it into responding. Ganglion cells in these species sometimes require an edge at a particular orientation, an object moving in a particular direction or at a particular velocity, or even the complete absence of any pattern in the field, in order to make them respond.


Visual Cortex Receptive Field Retinal Ganglion Cell Cortical Cell Visual Experience 
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  • C. Blakemore
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  1. 1.Physiological LaboratoryCambridgeEngland

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