Cells Related to Fighting Behavior Recorded from Midbrain Central Gray Neuropil of Cat

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Science  23 Feb 1968:
Vol. 159, Issue 3817, pp. 894-896
DOI: 10.1126/science.159.3817.894


Cells were recorded in the midbrain central gray neuropil of the cat that responded with action potentials only during fighting behavior and not while the cat was resting or while control manipulations were performed. Some other cells in the same region responded maximally during fighting, and all cells responded to at least one manipulation. Brain stimulation at sites of cells related to fighting caused the animals to hiss.