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Models of synaptic plasticity in the nervous system have conventionally assumed a mechanism in which spike activity of a postsynaptic cell enhances the efficacy of recently active presynaptic inputs. Making use of the prompt and dramatic response of the visual cortex to occlusion of vision in one eye during the critical period, we tested the role of(More)
Recordings from single units in kitten primary visual cortex show that a reversible blockade of the discharge activities of cortical neurons and geniculocortical afferent terminals by intracortical infusion of the sodium channel blocker tetrodotoxin (TTX) completely prevented the ocular dominance shift that would normally be seen after monocular(More)
Monocular lid suture during the sensitive period early in the life of a kitten disrupts normal development of inputs from the two eyes to the visual cortex, causing a decrease in the fraction of cortical cells responding to the deprived eye. Such an ocular dominance shift has been assumed to depend on patterned visual experience, because no change in(More)
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