Flora Benedetti

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The somatosensory map of the superior colliculus was studied in the mouse during the 2nd and 3rd postnatal weeks, with particular attention to the representation of the vibrissae. The presence of an organized somatosensory projection was not electrophysiologically demonstrable until the beginning of the 3rd postnatal week, in coincidence with the opening of(More)
When two adjacent fingers are crossed over each other and two tactile stimuli are touched to the two crossed fingertips, the two stimuli are perceived to be inverted in space. This phenomenon of tactile reversal was used in the present work to study the sensorimotor transformation occurring in goal directed motor behavior. When the subjects had to perform a(More)
INTRODUCTION Blue rubber bleb nevus syndrome (BRBNS) is a rare congenital systemic angiodysplasia with multiple vascular malformations in the skin, gastrointestinal tract and, less often, in other internal organs and the brain. CASE REPORT A 36-year-old man with past history of BRBNS was admitted to our hospital for progressive dyspnea and fatigue.(More)
Mice were enucleated bilaterally at birth in order to investigate whether early visual deprivation had any influence on the development of the somatosensory representation in the superior colliculus (SC). Single unit recordings were performed during the 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 8th postnatal week in both normal and enucleated mice. It was found that, in visually(More)
Metabolic activity of the intracerebellar nuclei during cryoinactivation of the inferior olive was studied in the anaesthetized rat by using the 14C-2-deoxyglucose method. Single unit recording of Purkinje cells was simultaneously monitored in the cerebellar cortex. Local inactivation in the inferior olive resulted in regional suppression of complex spike(More)
In recent experiments Montarolo et al. (1982) have shown that reversible inferior olive (IO) inactivation of up to 90 s induces a marked increase of the Purkinje cell (PC) simple spike (SS) frequency which lasts as long as the disappearance of the complex spikes (CS). The present work was aimed at studying how long this SS frequency increase lasts. We(More)
In order to study age-related processes of degeneration and recovery, the left hemitelencephalon was surgically removed in 5 adult cats and 5 neonatal kittens which were compared to 5 intact controls. After long survival, brains were sectioned in the coronal plane and thionine-stained. Drawings of gross and microscopic thalamic structures were made at 4(More)
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