Development of Polysensory Responses in Association Cortex of Kitten

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Science  12 Mar 1971:
Vol. 171, Issue 3975, pp. 1038-1040
DOI: 10.1126/science.171.3975.1038


Sensory responsiveness of single neurons in posterior association cortex of kittens that were 7 to 50 days old was investigated. The percentage of trimodal cells (that is, cells that respond to visual, auditory, and somesthetic stimulation) increased gradually until day 50, when percentages of trimodally responsive cells approached the adult level. In the youngest kittens, cells were predominantly responsive to only visual stimulation. With maturation, responsiveness to auditory and then to somesthetic stimulation was observed in increasing percentages of cells.