Binocularity in kittens reared with optically induced squint

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Science  25 May 1979:
Vol. 204, Issue 4395, pp. 875-877
DOI: 10.1126/science.441743


The effects of conflicting visual images were studied without the confounding influences of oculomotor abnormalities: strabismus was simulated by rearing kittens with ophthalmic prisms before the eyes. After the animals had matured, the response properties of neurons in the visual cortex were studied. The proportion of binocularly excited neurons decreased; however, the extent of the ocular dominance alterations was related to the amount and direction of the prism-induced deviation.