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Neuron. 2006 Jan 19;49(2):183-9.

Receptive-field modification in rat visual cortex induced by paired visual stimulation and single-cell spiking.

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Division of Neurobiology, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California 94720, USA.


Experience-dependent plasticity of visual cortical receptive fields (RFs) involves synaptic modifications in the underlying neural circuits, but the site and mechanism of these modifications remain to be elucidated. Using in vivo whole-cell recordings, we show that pairing visual stimulation at a given retinal location with spiking of a single neuron in developing rat visual cortex induces rapid RF modifications. The time course of the response to the visual stimulus at the paired RF location is altered, with an enhancement of the response preceding the spike time and a reduction following the spike. Such bidirectional modification is consistent with spike timing-dependent plasticity. Response modification also occurs at nearby locations, the direction and magnitude of which are correlated with the change at the paired location. In addition, changes at unpaired locations show a negative correlation with the initial strength of the response, which may facilitate rapid modification of the spatial RF profile.

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