Experimental Brain Research

, Volume 60, Issue 1, pp 87–98

Classical conditioning of the nictitating membrane response of the rabbit

I. Lesions of the cerebellar nuclei
  • C. H. Yeo
  • M. J. Hardiman
  • M. Glickstein
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF00237022

Cite this article as:
Yeo, C.H., Hardiman, M.J. & Glickstein, M. Exp Brain Res (1985) 60: 87. doi:10.1007/BF00237022

Summary

The classically conditioned nictitating membrane response (NMR) of the rabbit, a simple form of associative motor learning, is crucially dependent upon the cerebellum. Discrete unilateral lesions of the cerebellar nuclei were made in 20 rabbits. Lesions of the anterior interpositus nucleus (IA) abolished NMR conditioning to light and white noise stimuli on the side of the lesion without affecting unconditional responses. Lesions of the posterior interpositus nucleus, fastigial and dentate nuclei were without effect upon NMR conditioning.

Key words

Nictitating membrane response Classical conditioning Cerebellum Interpositus nucleus 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. H. Yeo
    • 1
  • M. J. Hardiman
    • 1
  • M. Glickstein
    • 1
  1. 1.MRC Unit on Neural Mechanisms of Behaviour, Centre for NeuroscienceUniversity College LondonLondonUK