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Neuroreport. 1992 Jun;3(6):505-8.

Electrophysiological mapping of body representation in the cortex of the blind mole rat.

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Institut für Tierphysiologie, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany.


The cortex of the blind mole rat (Spalax ehrenbergi) was explored for somatosensory responses with special reference to an extension into the occipital cortex which serves vision in sighted mammals. Head and body representation was similar as in other rodents or mammals. However, the somatosensory area extended far into the occipital cortex. No responses to auditory or visual stimulation were found caudal to the somatosensory area. However, auditory responses were recorded in an area lateral to and slightly caudal to the head representation. It is concluded that in this naturally blind animal the area normally occupied by the visual cortex serves somatosensory function.

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