Instrumental Learning of Vasomotor Responses by Rats: Learning to Respond Differentially in the Two Ears

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Science  29 Mar 1968:
Vol. 159, Issue 3822, pp. 1485-1486
DOI: 10.1126/science.159.3822.1485


Curarized and artificially respirated rats were rewarded by electrical stimulation of the brain for changes in the balance of vasomotor activity between the two ears. They learned vasomotor responses in one ear that were independent of those in the other ear, in either forepaw, or in the tail, or of changes in heart rate or temperature. In addition to implications for learning theory and psychosomatic medicine, these results indicate a greater specificity of action in the sympathetic nervous system than is usually attributed to it.