Reversible mechanical fixation of eye position in awake head-restrained pigeons (Columba livia)

Citation
Jc. Letelier et al., Reversible mechanical fixation of eye position in awake head-restrained pigeons (Columba livia), J NEUROSC M, 91(1-2), 1999, pp. 67-71
Citations number
15
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Neurosciences & Behavoir
Journal title
JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE METHODS
ISSN journal
0165-0270 → ACNP
Volume
91
Issue
1-2
Year of publication
1999
Pages
67 - 71
Database
ISI
SICI code
0165-0270(19990915)91:1-2<67:RMFOEP>2.0.ZU;2-H
Abstract
Here we describe a method to fix gaze positions and to significantly reduce saccadic oscillations in pigeons. The procedure consists of a mechanical i mmobilization of the eye through the use of an electromagnet that exerts a radial force upon a small metal rectangle glued to the dorsal part of the e ye. The method can be used in avian visual neurophysiology in order to hold the eye immobilized for periods of time, long enough to map the properties of visual receptive fields and investigate the possible functions of sacca dic oscillations. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.