Lack of Coincidence between Neural and Behavioral Manifestations of Cortical Spreading Depression

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Science  25 Sep 1970:
Vol. 169, Issue 3952, pp. 1339-1342
DOI: 10.1126/science.169.3952.1339


The presence of cortical spreading depression is typically inferred from the presence of hypesthesia. The electrocorticogram and slow-potential change were recorded during cortical spreading depression and it was found that hypesthesia remained long after the cortex recovered from neural depression. Hypesthesia, therefore, is an unreliable indicant of cortical spreading depression; if cortical spreading depression is used as a research tool, neural activity must be monitored. These data offer a special problem for memory transfer studies.

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