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Central Mechanisms Responsible for Classically Conditioned Changes in Neuronal Activity

  • James H. O’Brien
  • Kevin J. Quinn
Part of the Advances in Behavioral Biology book series (ABBI, volume 26)


Data relevant to a model of cortical single neuron conditioning from two related studies are presented and the results compared with those in the current literature in this field. Although peripheral stimulation can serve as an effective CS in a neural classical conditioning paradigm, central stimulation of major thalamocortical input systems cannot. These results raise problems for theories of neural learning. Evidently the patterned activation of different types of input systems is necessary for associative conditioning in pyramidal tract neurons in the motor cortex of cats.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James H. O’Brien
    • 1
  • Kevin J. Quinn
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Medical PsychologyThe Oregon Health Sciences UniversityPortlandUSA

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