Behavioral and Electroencephalographic Arousal to Contrasting Novel Stimulation

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Science  12 Jun 1964:
Vol. 144, Issue 3624, pp. 1355-1357
DOI: 10.1126/science.144.3624.1355


Three-second interruptions of continuous auditory stimulation, as well as 3-second periods of stimulation from the same sound source, were effective in producing behavioral arousal and electrocortical desynchronization in sleeping cats. Thus, stimulus offset as well as onset may serve an arousal function. Some differences in behavioral response and electrocortical desynchronization latency were noted.