Neural Pathways Associated with Hypothalamically Elicited Attack Behavior in Cats

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Science  19 Feb 1971:
Vol. 171, Issue 3972, pp. 703-706
DOI: 10.1126/science.171.3972.703


Small electrolytic lesions were made in cats through electrodes, which, when stimulated, elicited either quiet biting attack or affective paw strike attack upon rats. The Nauta method for impregnating degenerating axoplasm was used to reveal that degeneration resulting from lesions at quiet attack sites followed largely along the course of the medial forebrain bundle, while the degeneration after lesions of affective attack sites was concentrated more heavily in the periventricular system.