Ipsilateral whiskers suppress experience-dependent plasticity in the barrel cortex.

@article{Glazewski2007IpsilateralWS,
  title={Ipsilateral whiskers suppress experience-dependent plasticity in the barrel cortex.},
  author={Stanislaw Glazewski and Brett L. Benedetti and Alison L. Barth},
  journal={The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience},
  year={2007},
  volume={27 14},
  pages={3910-20}
}
Each cerebral hemisphere processes sensory input from both sides of the body, but the impact of this convergence on shaping and modifying receptive field properties remains controversial. Here we investigated the effect of chronic deprivation of ipsilateral sensory whiskers on receptive field plasticity in primary somatosensory cortex. In the absence of ipsilateral whiskers, cortical receptive fields were significantly larger than control after 1 week. Removal of all but a single whisker from… CONTINUE READING