The neural system for the inhibition of startle
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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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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.