Postnatal Development of the Cats Visual Pathways

  • Larry R. Stanford
  • S. Murry Sherman
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 192)


During postnatal life, there is a tremendous increase in both the weight and the volume of the brain. This increase cannot be attributed to the addition of new neurons, since mitosis of neurons is essentially completed by birth. Instead, this is due to the conjoint proliferation and elaboration of dendritic arbors and synaptic connections between neurons; this leads to enormous growth of the synaptic neuropil. The question that will be addressed here is the extent to which the development of these connections can be modified by the environment or, conversely, the extent to which these connections can develop normally in spite of experimental alterations to the normal sensory environment.


Receptive Field Retinal Ganglion Cell Superior Colliculus Lateral Geniculate Nucleus Striate Cortex 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Larry R. Stanford
    • 1
  • S. Murry Sherman
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Comparative Biosciences and The Waisman Center on Mental Retardation and Human DevelopmentUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Neurobiology and BehaviorState University of New YorkStony BrookUSA

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