Binocular depth perception in the cat following early corpus callosum section

Experimental Brain Research
B TimneyM L Vandewater


The role of the corpus callosum in the mediation of binocular depth perception was examined by measuring monocular and binocular depth discrimination thresholds in cats which had undergone section of the corpus callosum shortly after birth. Three kittens had the posterior callosum sectioned at the age of eleven days. A fourth kitten underwent a sham operation and one additional animal served initially as an unoperated control. Monocular and binocular depth thresholds were measured for all kittens when they were between three and five months old. Although there was some individual variability, none of the callosum-sectioned kittens showed any deficits of binocular depth perception relative to normal animals. The initially unoperated kitten had its callosum sectioned at five months and was retested following surgery. Its performance did not change from preoperated levels. Finally, the three neonatal callosum-sectioned kittens underwent section of the optic chiasm when they were six months old, causing a complete breakdown in binocular depth discrimination. The results are interpreted to indicate that although the corpus callosum may be a sufficient pathway for the maintenance of stereopsis in cat, it is not necessary.


Jan 1, 1991·Neuropsychologia·M PtitoJ P Guillemot
Jan 1, 1989·Vision Research·P Apkarian, D Reits
Nov 1, 1991·Brain Research Bulletin·U YinonS Gelerstein
Dec 4, 2003·Neuropsychologia·Dave Saint-AmourJean-Paul Guillemot
May 2, 2018·Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience·Sergio A Conde-OcazionezKerstin E Schmidt

Related Concepts

Functional Cerebral Localization
Felis catus
Corpus Callosum
Depth Perception
Optic Chiasms
Sensory Thresholds
Visual Acuity
Optic Tract Structure

Trending Feeds


Coronaviruses encompass a large family of viruses that cause the common cold as well as more serious diseases, such as the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19; formally known as 2019-nCoV). Coronaviruses can spread from animals to humans; symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties; in more severe cases, infection can lead to death. This feed covers recent research on COVID-19.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a disease characterized by unexplained disabling fatigue; the pathology of which is incompletely understood. Discover the latest research on chronic fatigue syndrome here.

Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis is a rare rheumatic disease that affects children. Symptoms include joint pain, but also fevers and skin rashes. Here is the latest on this disease.

Chromatin Regulation and Circadian Clocks

The circadian clock plays an important role in regulating transcriptional dynamics through changes in chromatin folding and remodelling. Discover the latest research on Chromatin Regulation and Circadian Clocks here.

Central Pontine Myelinolysis

Central Pontine Myelinolysis is a neurologic disorder caused most frequently by rapid correction of hyponatremia and is characterized by demyelination that affects the central portion of the base of the pons. Here is the latest research on this disease.

Myocardial Stunning

Myocardial stunning is a mechanical dysfunction that persists after reperfusion of previously ischemic tissue in the absence of irreversible damage including myocardial necrosis. Here is the latest research.

Pontocerebellar Hypoplasia

Pontocerebellar hypoplasias are a group of neurodegenerative autosomal recessive disorders with prenatal onset, atrophy or hypoplasia of the cerebellum, hypoplasia of the ventral pons, microcephaly, variable neocortical atrophy and severe mental and motor impairments. Here is the latest research on pontocerebellar hypoplasia.

Cell Atlas Along the Gut-Brain Axis

Profiling cells along the gut-brain axis at the single cell level will provide unique information for each cell type, a three-dimensional map of how cell types work together to form tissues, and insights into how changes in the map underlie health and disease of the GI system and its crosstalk with the brain. Disocver the latest research on single cell analysis of the gut-brain axis here.

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease that occurs in individuals that suffer repetitive brain trauma. Discover the latest research on traumatic encephalopathy here.