Evoked Response and Behavior in Cats

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Science  27 Nov 1970:
Vol. 170, Issue 3961, pp. 998-1000
DOI: 10.1126/science.170.3961.998


Electroencephalographic averaged evoked responses to flashing lights of four different intensities were recorded in ten cats and correlated with behavior. Animals showing a high degree of exploratory behavior, aggressiveness, and activity and little withdrawal showed relatively large increases in amplitude of the averaged evoked response with increases of stimulus intensity. Those showing opposite behavioral traits had small increases or decreases of average evoked response amplitude with increases of stimulus intensity. These findings are compatible with those reported for human subjects. Inference is made about a neurophysiological mechanism for stimulus intensity modulation.

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