Selective Visual Experience Fails to Modify Receptive Field Properties of Rabbit Striate Cortex Neurons

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Science  20 Apr 1973:
Vol. 180, Issue 4083, pp. 320-323
DOI: 10.1126/science.180.4083.320


During development, rabbits were exposed only to vertical or horizontal lines to determine if the receptive field characteristics of visual cortex cells would be altered as they are in the cat. Motion and directional selectivity were preserved, and orientation specificity remained unaffected by the restricted experience, which suggests that the rabbit may lack the neural plasticity seen in some other mammals.