Substrates of Rapid Plasticity in Developing Visual Cortex

  • Michael P. Stryker
Conference paper
Part of the Keio University International Symposia for Life Sciences and Medicine book series (KEIO, volume 11)


The loss of visual responses by neurons in the primary visual cortex to an eye in which vision is occluded at the peak of the critical period is very rapid, appearing from extra-cellular microelectrode recordings to be nearly maximal after 2 days of monocular deprivation (MD). Anatomically, the first changes in thalamocortical afferent inputs to layer IV appear after 4 days of MD in the cat, and 6–7 days of MD are needed for near maximal losses of deprived-eye input. When we examined the different cortical layers, rapid plasticity was present in all except layer IV, removing the apparent mismatch between anatomical and physiological measures of plasticity in that layer.

Key words

Plasticity Area 17 LGN 

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© Springer-Verlag Tokyo 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael P. Stryker
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysiologyUCSFSan FranciscoUSA

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