Conditioning and Habituation of the Arousal Response
In order to provide some historical perspective on the remarkable advances made during recent years in our understanding of microphysiological, biophysical, and possible molecular mechanisms involved in single nerve cells, synapses, and neuronal circuits during habituation and conditioning, I would like to review briefly some early studies of Pavlovian conditioning of the occipital a rhythm in man, begun about 50 years ago. I would like then to review the highlights of implanted electrode studies of habituation of electrical and behavioral arousal responses in normal, freely moving cats carried out with Seth Sharpless over 30 years ago.
KeywordsLight Stimulus Anticipatory Response Paired Trial Trace Interval Arousal Response
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