We examined the spatial organization of perceptual learning in a cortex- dependent task. Rats learned a tactile task using four whiskers on one side of the snout, all others being clipped. These trained whiskers were then clipped and prosthetic whiskers were attached. Subsequent performance was found to be determined by the location of the prosthetic whiskers. There was partial transfer of learning to neighbouring whisker positions. In addition, there was partial transfer of learning to whisker positions on the other side of the snout, but only if the prosthetic whiskers were symmetrically opposite the trained whiskers. These findings suggest that neural changes underlying perceptual learning are distributed according to the topographic organization of the sensory cortical map. (C) 2000 Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
|Titolo:||Ipsilateral and contraletral transfer of tactile learning|
|Autori:||Harris, Justin A.; Diamond, Mathew E.|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2000|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1097/00001756-200002070-00008|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Journal article|