Active tactile exploration influences the functional maturation of the somatosensory system.

@article{Nicolelis1996ActiveTE,
  title={Active tactile exploration influences the functional maturation of the somatosensory system.},
  author={Miguel A L Nicolelis and Lu{\'i}s Moura de Oliveira and Rick C. S. Lin and John K. Chapin},
  journal={Journal of neurophysiology},
  year={1996},
  volume={75 5},
  pages={
          2192-6
        }
}
1. The hypothesis that active exploration of objects is required for the functional maturation of neuronal circuits subserving tactile perception was tested by subjecting 8- to 11-day old rats to a complete unilateral section of the facial nerve. This procedure selectively abolished whisker protraction movements without affecting the sensory innervation of the facial vibrissae, the tactile organs used by rats to discriminate object texture and shape. 2. Six to 14 mo after the facial nerve… CONTINUE READING

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