Electrophysiological mapping of body representation in the cortex of the blind mole rat

Reinhold Necker, Gerd Rehkämper, Eviatar Nevo

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The cortex of the blind mole rat (Spalax ehrenbergi) was explored for somatosensory responses with special reference to an extension into the occipital cortex which serves vision in sighted mammals. Head and body representation was similar as in other rodents or mammals. However, the somatosensory area extended far into the occipital cortex, No responses to auditory or visual stimulation were found caudal to the somatosensory area. However, auditory responses were recorded in an area lateral to and slightly caudal to the head representation. It is concluded that in this naturally blind animal the area normally occupied by the visual cortex serves somatosensory function.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-508
Number of pages4
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1992


  • Electrophysiology
  • Evolutionary plasticity
  • Mole rat
  • Somatosensory cortex

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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