Excitation and Inhibition of Neuronal Firing in Visual Cortex by Reticular Stimulation

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Science  23 Jun 1961:
Vol. 133, Issue 3469, pp. 2011-2012
DOI: 10.1126/science.133.3469.2011


The frequency of action potentials of about one-third of the neurons sampled in the striate cortex of awake rabbits was clearly modified by mild stimulation of the reticular core of the brain stem. Reticular stimulation often brought about enhancement of firing in units activated by light, while it usually had the contrary effect upon light-inhibited units.