Prenatal augmented auditory stimulation and visual system development: Effects of timing on intersensory organization

Rebecca Gallogly Markham, Florida International University

Abstract

This study investigated the effects of augmented prenatal auditory stimulation on postnatal visual responsivity and neural organization in bobwhite quail (Colinus virginianus). I delivered conspecific embryonic vocalizations before, during, or after the development of a multisensory, midbrain audiovisual area, the optic tectum. Postnatal simultaneous choice tests revealed that hatchlings receiving augmented auditory stimulation during optic tectum development as embryos failed to show species-typical visual preferences for a conspecific maternal hen 72 hours after hatching. Auditory simultaneous choice tests showed no hatchlings had deficits in auditory function in any of the groups, indicating deficits were specific to visual function. ZENK protein expression confirmed differences in the amount of neural plasticity in multiple neuroanatomical regions of birds receiving stimulation during optic tecturn development, compared to unmanipulated birds. The results of these experiments support the notion that the timing of augmented prenatal auditory stimulation relative to optic tectum development can impact postnatal perceptual organization in an enduring way.^

Subject Area

Biology, Neuroscience|Psychology, Psychobiology|Psychology, Developmental

Recommended Citation

Rebecca Gallogly Markham, "Prenatal augmented auditory stimulation and visual system development: Effects of timing on intersensory organization" (January 1, 2006). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. Paper AAI3235610.
http://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/dissertations/AAI3235610

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