Nielsen lab publishes paper in Current Biology

The Nielsen lab at MBI recently published a paper in Current Biology. This is the first paper demonstrating that ferret visual cortex handles the processing of complex motion information in a manner highly similar to the primate. More precisely, their findings demonstrate that in the ferret, motion processing evolves from a representation of local motion signals in primary visual cortex to more integrated, global motion signals in higher visual area PSS. Ferrets are one of the major animal models for visual development because of their early parturition. However, developmental research in ferrets so far has focused exclusively on early visual stages. The results described in the paper by Lempel and Nielsen now open the door for using the ferret to investigate development of higher-level vision as well.