Control of Sensory Fields by Stimulation of Hypothalamus

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Science  03 Jun 1966:
Vol. 152, Issue 3727, pp. 1406-1408
DOI: 10.1126/science.152.3727.1406


Stimulation of the cat's hypothalamus, which elicits attack, also establishes sensory fields for two reflexes related to biting. Touching a perioral region leads to head movement, bringing the stimulus to the mouth. Touching the lip-line leads to jaw opening. The size of the fields depends on the intensity of stimulation.