Kitten Visual Cortex: Short-Term, Stimulus-Induced Changes in Connectivity

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Science  15 Jun 1973:
Vol. 180, Issue 4091, pp. 1202-1203
DOI: 10.1126/science.180.4091.1202


Single neurons in the kitten visual cortex can be induced to increase their responsiveness to a repeated stimulus applied while the neurons are under observation. These short-term changes are in the same direction as the permanent modifications produced in whole populations of neurons following environmental manipulations during the "critical period" of cortical development, but are less pronounced and probably transient.