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Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2003 Aug;13(4):413-20.

Mouse visual cortex.

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  • 1Max-Planck-Institut für Neurobiologie, Am Klopferspitz 18A, D-82152 Martinsried, Germany.


Neurons in mouse visual cortex have diverse receptive field properties and they respond selectively to specific features of visual stimuli. Owing to the lateral position of the eyes, only about a third of the visual cortex receives input from both eyes, but many cells in this region are binocular. Similar to higher mammals, closing one eye during a critical period shifts the responses of cells, such that they are better driven by the non-deprived eye. In this review I illustrate how the combination of transgenic mouse technology with single cell recording and modern imaging techniques might lead to a further understanding of the mechanisms that underlie the development, plasticity, and function of the mammalian visual cortex.

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