Psychonomic Science

, Volume 2, Issue 1–12, pp 35–36 | Cite as

Equivalence of radio frequency and electrolytic lesions in producing septal rage

  • Robert W. Reynolds
Motivation & Emotion


Radio frequency and electrolytic lesions were placed in the septal region in the rat. Daily ratings of emotionality failed to show any postoperative differences between groups as a function of type of lesion. In both groups, however, “septal rage” was temporary, giving place within six to ten days to docility. It was suggested that this syndrome may not be a result of the lesions as such, but may instead be attributable to the trauma of the surgical procedure producing a temporary sensitization of the nearby “affective defensive reaction” zone of Hess.


Radio Frequency Septal Lesion Exponential Decay Function Emotionality Rating Electrolytic Lesion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert W. Reynolds
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University Of CaliforniaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physiology and BiophysicsUniversity of Washington School of MedcineSeattle

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