Functional organization of lateral geniculate cells following removal of visual cortex in the newborn kitten

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Science  09 Nov 1979:
Vol. 206, Issue 4419, pp. 713-716
DOI: 10.1126/science.493978


When the visual cortex of a newborn kitten is removed, most neurons in the dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus degenerate, but a small population of large cells is spared. Electrophysiological recording revealed that detailed visual topography in the nucleus is abnormal and that single cells have unusually large receptive fields. These results suggest that optic axons deprived of their normal synaptic targets rearrange their connections to converge on local surviving neurons.