A brain stem region essential for the classically conditioned but not unconditioned nictitating membrane response

John E. Desmond, John W. Moore

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Abstract

Radio-frequency lesions of the right dorsolateral pons severely impaired both acquisition and retention of the ipsilateral conditioned nictitating membrane response to both visual and auditory conditioned stimuli. Unconditioned responses were unaffected, and conditioning of the contralateral (left) eye was not impaired. These data suggest a critical role of the dorsolateral pons in the generation of conditioned responding in this preparation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1029-1033
Number of pages5
JournalPhysiology and Behavior
Volume28
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1982
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Classical conditioning
  • Dorsolateral pontine lesions
  • Nictitating membrane response
  • Rabbit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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