Sleep and the Maturing Nervous System by Carmine D. Clemente

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In "The Thalamus" (D. P. Purpura and M. D. ), pp. 209-235, Columbia Univ. Press, New York. , and Eidelberg, E. (1967). Development of cortical electrical activity in the rat. Exp. Neurol. 17, 425-438. Eccles, J. C. (1964). " Springer Verlag, Berlin and New York. Eccles, J. C. (1969). " Thomas, Springfield, Illinois. Eccles, J. , and Young, R. R. (1958). The behavior of chromatolyzed motoneurones studied by intracellular recording. /. Physiol (London) 143, 11-40. 1. Principles of Synaptogenesis and Their Application 31 Fink, R.

An example of this phenomenon appears to be the development of a "climbing type" of axodendritic relationship between corticipetal axons from brain stem and thalamic nonspecific systems with the apical dendrites of cortical pyramids (Scheibel and Scheibel, 1964). , the dendrites of spinal motoneurons, together with a possible measurable physiological correlate. TECHNIQUES Structural observations are based on study of Golgi (chrome-silver)-impregnated preparations of spinal cords from approximately 200 animals of various ages.

There are two phases in the postnatal development of cortical neuronal interactions. One phase is dependent on information transcribed from "genetic tapes" and is deterministic in operation, such as early patterns of dendritic growth and synaptogenesis. A second phase, perhaps sequentially overlapping the first, involves feedback from the external and internal milieu. Once a certain pattern of connectivity has developed, it would appear to require some degree of appropriate function to maintain these connections, at least for some types of neuronal interaction, as shown in the work of Hubel and Wiesel (1963, 1965).

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