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Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2015 Dec;35:44-8. doi: 10.1016/j.conb.2015.06.006. Epub 2015 Jun 28.

Competition, inhibition, and critical periods of cortical plasticity.

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Department of Neurobiology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, United States. Electronic address: joshua.trachtenberg@gmail.com.

Abstract

Maturation of cortical inhibition just after eye opening is a necessary precedent for the emergence of competitive, experience-dependent ocular dominance plasticity in the visual cortex. What inhibition is doing in this context, though, is not clear. Here I outline new hypotheses on the roles of somatic and dendritic inhibition in the opening and closure of critical periods, and their roles in the competitive processes therein.

PMID:
26126153
PMCID:
PMC5479701
DOI:
10.1016/j.conb.2015.06.006
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