What happens to hearing if you don’t see? Turns out a short stay in the dark changes the population activity and sound representation in auditory cortex. Read Krystyna’s new paper in eNeuro: here and summary here.
Big team effort lead by Ying to track the functional development of L2/3 circuits and in vivo activity in A1. Turns out there is substantial transient functional hyperconnectivity esp. from subgranular layers paired with increased pairwise correlations during the critical period. Maybe these connections play a role in plasticity during the critical period? Read the whole story here in Cerebral Cortex.
Nik and Kayla developed a mouse school enabling high throughput behavioral testing! Read the paper from the lab introducing the ToneBox and our first observations using automated behavioral experiments. Build your own! Read it here in eNeuro
Our collaboration with the Plenz lab at NIH is out in Frontiers. Zac and Dan reveal neuronal avalanches in A1 as part of our BRAIN project. Read it here.
Could silent connections in development actually do something and not be “just” precursors to AMPA connections? Our review of what silent cortical plate connections on subplate neurons could be doing in development is out. Read it here.
Aminah’s data on the cover: Colorful LSPS maps meet classic biocytin.