Experimental Brain Research

, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 115–130

Behavioural repertory of cats without cerebral cortex from infancy

  • L. -M. Bjursten
  • K. Norrsell
  • U. Norrsell
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF00234897

Cite this article as:
Bjursten, L.M., Norrsell, K. & Norrsell, U. Exp Brain Res (1976) 25: 115. doi:10.1007/BF00234897

Summary

Bilateral removal of the cerebral cortex was made in cats neonatally. Spontaneous and imposed behaviour was studied while they were growing up and after they had become adult. Special emphasis was put on the utilization of visual cues and on learning. The cats ate, drank and groomed themselves adequately. Adequate maternal and female sexual behaviour was observed. They utilized the visual and haptic senses with respect to external space. Two cats were trained to perform visual discrimination in a T-maze. The adequacy of the behaviour of these cats is compared to that of animals with similar lesions made at maturity.

Key words

Decortication Vision Learning Sexual behaviour Cat 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. -M. Bjursten
    • 1
  • K. Norrsell
    • 1
  • U. Norrsell
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physiology and Department of OphthalmologyUniversity of Göteborg, FackGöteborg 33Sweden

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