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Cats and Vision: is vision acquired or innate?

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Single unit activity in striate cortex of unrestrained cats. After starting with the sequence of visual processing in cat cortex, they relentlessly extended this to include such directions as the columnar organization of cortex underlying this processing, the differential response to wavelengths of light, the identification of ocular dominance, the development of that dominance, and the neuronal organization in the monkey. Kohler and Held found a voltage deflection as the pattern moved across the screen. They recorded from that neuron for nine straight hours and then ran down the halls screaming with joy. For those interested in visual behaviour, it was also the first time they had real neuronal activity to stimulate their thinking about the possible organization of neurons for visual perception. In particular they wanted to know how neurons there responded to different shapes, and for whatever reason—possibly because cats have large, well-developed vision centers—they chose to work on cats. The thalamus relays visual information to the visual cortex, a higher-order brain center.

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I comment here on just one of these paths, the analysis of visual cortex in the monkey, particularly in the awake monkey. Receptive fields, binocular interaction and functional architecture in the cat's visual cortex. Bishop had explored visual cortex but largely as an extension of determining the fibre distribution in the tracts projecting to cortex, and the origin of the evoked potentials within the cortex. They also discovered how connections between nerve cells filter and transform sensory information on its way from the retina to the cerebral cortex, and how the cortex changes during development in response to experience. Frankly, the experiments conjure up thoughts of A Clockwork Orange: they strapped each cat down in a chair with its eyelids propped open and forced it to stare at a screen. As a kid, I thought biology was stupid. The retina sends visual information to the thalamus, a relay station in the brain.

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Hubel and Wiesel & the Neural Basis of Visual Perception

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Cells sensitive to binocular depth in area 18 of the macaque monkey cortex. Summary diagrams of the sequence of visual processing in striate cortex proposed by in 1962 These two diagrams show the sequence proposed for the construction of the receptive types seen in cat striate cortex. However, the barrier did not allow the kittens to distinguish forms or shapes. He also helped initiate its Latin American Fellows Program in the Biomedical Sciences, which provides support for Latin American researchers for postdoctoral training in the United States. They studied the cell for nine hours and then ran down the hall screaming with joy! The couple had three sons and four grandchildren. Guinea pigs are practically synonymous with experiments.

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The Cat Nobel Prize Part I

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From differences in responses at successive stages in the pathway one may hope to gain some understanding of the part each stage plays in visual perception. What then is the role of nurture for the normal development of the brain? He is a founding member of the Israeli-Palestinian Science Organization, a nonprofit alliance established in 2004 to support collaborative research between scientists to promote positive interactions between the two communities. Modality and topographic properties of single neurons of cat's somatic sensory cortex. Teaching school can often feel like herding cats, and like a litter of kittens, which ball of yarn strikes our fancy varies from cat to cat and time to time. The Story of a 25-Year Collaboration. Thus while there had been explorations of striate cortex, they produced little related to what it did.

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Recounting the impact of Hubel and Wiesel

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Becoming increasingly frustrated, they waved their arms, jumped around, and even displayed images of glamorous women from magazines! One year later, he joined the faculty of. And this is what anyone interested in perception or visual behaviour wanted to know. This was a total mistake—and one of the best examples of serendipity in science history. After the reward the monkey would break fixation, the receptive field would move with the eye, but by that time the stimulus had been turned off. The researchers closed the eye of one of the kittens when the kitten was eight days old, which is about the time that eyes first start to open in kittens.

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Hubel and Wiesel & the Neural Basis of Visual Perception

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That visit to their lab was both the source of the essential understanding of how they went about mapping and characterizing a striate cortex neuron's receptive field and the source of inspiration to do it in the awake animal. Patterns of light stimuli most effective in influencing units at one level may no longer be the most effective at the next. But the orientation selectivity resulted from the previous level of input because a neuron responding to a slit also responded to spots if they were aligned with the same orientation as the slit. Wiesel continues to be active as a global human rights advocate. To determine the cause of the visual impairment, the researchers took the newborn kittens and put an opaque barrier over one of their eyes, which reduced the incoming amount of light to only ten to one hundred times. That, once again, established that the source of abnormality was cortical and not geniculate.

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Cats and Vision: is vision acquired or innate?

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An experiment published in 1959 launched Wiesel and Hubel's collaboration of more than 20 years. How to cite Lienhard, Dina A. Finally, Hubel and Wiesel questioned whether the neural connections would deteriorate if an impairment was present, or whether the neural connections could not develop in the presence of an impairment. However, there was almost no difference to the lateral geniculate body size. Then, knowing that children born with cataracts did not develop normal vision after removal of the cataracts, they did a series of experiments to understand what happens to the brain's visual processing system when one eye was occluded by closing the lid. Receptive fields and functional architecture in two nonstriate visual areas 18 and 19 of the cat.

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The Cat Nobel Prize Part I

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They sought to know whether the abnormality was a cortical or a geniculate abnormality, as that information would reveal how the vision pathway works. In a dark field autoradiograph of striate cortex in a normal monkey top , the labeled columns from one eye are white; those from the other eye are dark. Instead of a real projection screen, they hung a bedsheet over the pipes that ran beneath the ceiling, making the experiment room resemble a circus tent. The lateral geniculate body has geniculate cells that are at a midpoint between the eye and the visual cortex. Some of the earliest work in this direction was done by Hubel and Weisel with their famous cat experiment in 1959.

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