Interocular transfer in the hooded rat

Lynn Nadel, Olga Burešová

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Cortical spreading depression was used as a means of providing a reversible split-brain in several experiments on interocular transfer in the hooded rat. It was shown that this phenomenon cannot be explained on the basis of the presence of a small number of ipsilateral fibers, but that central mechanisms are likely involved. Two such mechanisms were described: (1) the bilateral storage of memory traces during monocular learning, with the primary trace (hemisphere contralateral to the open eye) being stronger than the secondary trace (ipsilateral hemisphere); and, (2) the use of the traces in both hemispheres during monocular performance through the naive eye. Implications of these results for the general problem of interhemispheric communication are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)613-619
Number of pages7
JournalPhysiology and Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1969
Externally publishedYes


  • Interhemispheric communication
  • Interocular transfer
  • Split-brain
  • Visual discrimination Cortical spreading depression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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