Operant Controlled Neural Event: Formal and Systematic Approach to Electrical Coding of Behavior in Brain

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Science  13 Dec 1968:
Vol. 162, Issue 3859, pp. 1299-1302
DOI: 10.1126/science.162.3859.1299


Traditional studies of electrophysiological correlates of behavior contain inherent high variability resulting from the arbitrary choice of behaviors, brain locations, and wave parameters. The operant control of neural events is a formal and systematic approach to the study of prespecified parameters and components of brain activity as they encode behaviors. Two studies in which the electrical activity of brain was the criterion for reinforcement demonstrate the acquisition, under such operant control, of two mutually exclusive behaviors or states which selectively alter evoked potential components.

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