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Motion perception is learned, not innate

Sengpiel, Frank ORCID: 2006. Motion perception is learned, not innate. Nature Neuroscience 9 (5) , pp. 591-592. 10.1038/nn0506-591

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Visual cortex neurons are arranged into maps according to their response selectivity. Ocular dominance and orientation selectivity maps can develop without visual experience. Unexpectedly, the direction selectivity map requires visual input during a critical period, as later visual experience cannot rescue the direction selectivity map in dark-reared ferrets. The nature-versus-nurture debate has been hotly contested ever since John Locke first pondered the question of whether a blind person, upon restoration of sight, would be able to distinguish between a cube and a sphere just by looking, without resorting to touch. The empiricists (Locke among them) suggested not, because the subject lacked the requisite experience.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute (NMHRI)
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
R Medicine > RE Ophthalmology
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
ISSN: 1097-6256
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 09:49

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