Operant Conditioning of Single-Unit Response Patterns in Visual Cortex

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Science  14 Jun 1974:
Vol. 184, Issue 4142, pp. 1194-1196
DOI: 10.1126/science.184.4142.1194


Unit responses to photic stimuli were studied in cat visual cortex. After the baseline response pattern of a cell was determined, conditioning trials were given during which reinforcement was contingent upon increased firing during a selected segment of the poststimulus interval. Density of reinforcement increased substantially in about half the cells studied; significant increases in firing occurred within, but not outside, the criterion segment.

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