Neuronal Correlates of Habituation and Dishabituation of the Gill-Withdrawal Reflex in Aplysia

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Science  27 Mar 1970:
Vol. 167, Issue 3926, pp. 1743-1745
DOI: 10.1126/science.167.3926.1743


We have examinived the nieural correlates of habittuatiotn atid dishabitiuation of tlhe gill-withdrwal reflex in Aplysia. We obtained intracelllular recordings from identified gill motor neurons in the abdominal ganglionz of a semi-intact preparation of Aplysia wlhile we simultaneously recorded behavior responises of the gill. Habituation and dishabituation were not due to peripheral changes in either the sensory receptors or the gill musculature butt were caused by changes in the amplitlude of the excitatory synaptic potentials produced at the gill motor neurons.

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