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Thesis

The implications of motivational factors in cortical plasticity: Theory and research

1 May 1992

Abstract

Monocularly occluded, light deprived kittens were tested for behaviorally measured visual acuities following light deprivation. After the "critical period", occlusion was reversed for an average of twenty weeks. A motivational factor was included and behaviorally measured visual acuities were again documented. The results of this experiment were congruent with previous research in the area of stimulus deprivation. Conclusions about the motivational results could not be made secondary to the small sample size (attrition). The results have been evaluated with respect to theory developments of the past decade.


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