Effect of Deafferentation on a Conditioned Avoidance Response

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Science  10 Oct 1958:
Vol. 128, Issue 3328, pp. 842-843
DOI: 10.1126/science.128.3328.842


To determine whether peripheral afferent pathways could be bypassed in the performance of purposive movement, a group of monkeys was trained to avoid shock by flexing a forelimb in response to an auditory stimulus. The dorsal roots of the responding limb were then sectioned. Postoperatively it was found that the affected limb could be reconditioned.