Visual Experience Modifies Distribution of Horizontally and Vertically Oriented Receptive Fields in Cats

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Science  15 May 1970:
Vol. 168, Issue 3933, pp. 869-871
DOI: 10.1126/science.168.3933.869


Cats were raised from birth with one eye viewing horizontal lines and one eye viewing vertical lines. Elongated receptive fields of cells in the visual cortex were horizontally or vertically oriented—no oblique fields were found. Units with horizontal fields were activated only by the eye exposed to horizontal lines; units with vertical fields only by the eye exposed to vertical lines.

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