Retinal waves and their role in visual system development

M. B. Feller, D. Kerschensteiner

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Developing retinal ganglion cells fire periodic bursts of action potentials that propagate across the retina and provide a source of highly patterned activity prior to the onset of vision. This activity-termed retinal waves-occurs during a period of development when neural circuits within the retina and retinal projections to the brain undergo extensive refinement. This chapter describes the details of the spatiotemporal correlations of retinal waves and reviews the evidence that addresses which aspects of visual system development rely on patterned activity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSynapse Development and Maturation
Subtitle of host publicationComprehensive Developmental Neuroscience
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780128236727
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


  • Lateral geniculate nucleus
  • Retina
  • Retinal waves
  • Retinotopic map
  • Superior colliculus
  • Visual cortex


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