Directional selectivity in hamster superior colliculus is modified by strobe-rearing but not by dark-rearing

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Science  03 Mar 1978:
Vol. 199, Issue 4332, pp. 998-1001
DOI: 10.1126/science.622583


Visual response properties of superior collicular neurons of normal hamsters were compared with those of animals reared from birth to adulthood in either total darkness or with stroboscopic illumination. Directional selectivity was markedly reduced only in the strobe-reared animals, thus demonstrating visual plasticity in a system that develops apparently normally without visual experience.