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Restoration of visual acuity after optic nerve section and regeneration, in Astronotus ocellatus Agassiz

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Weiler, Ivan Jeanne Mayfield (1961) Restoration of visual acuity after optic nerve section and regeneration, in Astronotus ocellatus Agassiz. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechTHESIS:04122011-084330696

Abstract

The visual acuity of a cichlid fish, Astronotus ocellatus Agassiz, was measured by means of a conditioned visual discrimination response. The average minimum separable visual angle was 5.3’, as measured in 16 fish with at least one normal eye; this corresponded closely to the fineness of grain of the retinal receptor mosaic. In 12 fish, acuity of one experimental eye was measured after the optic nerve had been transected and allowed to regenerate. The value for postregenerative acuity was then compared with a previous value for acuity of one normal eye in one and the same fish, in each case. Restoration of acuity by regenerative processes averaged 78.4%. This high figure shows that formation of functional, specific synaptic contacts probably does not occur on a chance basis.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:Biology
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Biology
Major Option:Biology
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Sperry, Roger Wolcott (advisor)
  • Van Harreveld, Anthonie (co-advisor)
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1961
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:04122011-084330696
Persistent URL:http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechTHESIS:04122011-084330696
Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:6308
Collection:CaltechTHESIS
Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:12 Apr 2011 21:53
Last Modified:26 Dec 2012 04:34

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