Self-produced locomotion restores visual capacity after striate lesions

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Science  24 Jan 1975:
Vol. 187, Issue 4173, pp. 265-266
DOI: 10.1126/science.1111102


Rats permitted unrestrained movement in a patterned visual environment during the interval between two-stage vilateral lesions of the visual cortex reacquire a preoperatively learned pattern discrimination. Rats passively transported through the identical visual environment do not. This is the first demonstration that interoperative self-produced locomotion is essential for recovery of function in the visual system.