Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society

, Volume 14, Issue 6, pp 410–412

The neural system for the inhibition of startle

  • Donald S. Leitner
  • Alice S. Powers
  • Howard S. Hoffman
Article

DOI: 10.3758/BF03329494

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Leitner, D.S., Powers, A.S. & Hoffman, H.S. Bull. Psychon. Soc. (1979) 14: 410. doi:10.3758/BF03329494
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Abstract

In the rat, lesion of the lateral tegmentum but not of the rapheé eliminated inhibition of acoustic startle by prior acoustic and visual stimuli with lead times of 50 msec. Since lesion of the lateral tegmentum did not interfere with latency reduction (when the same prior stimuli had lead times of 4 msec), it is concluded that lesion of the lateral tegmentum interferes with an inhibitory system while leaving sensory processing intact.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald S. Leitner
    • 1
  • Alice S. Powers
    • 1
  • Howard S. Hoffman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychology, Graduate School of Arts and SciencesBryn Mawr CollegeBryn Mawr