The Role of Limbic and Related Structures in the “Making” of Behavior: The Lessons from Animal Experimentation

  • W. P. Koella
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Proper recognition and interpretation of the behavioral symptoms characterizing seizures originating in, and often confined to, the various components of the limbic system is not possible without at least some insight into, and understanding of, the role played by these structures in the organization of behavior as a whole. Yet, before the mid-thirties, there was little evidence available about the physiology of Broca’s grand lobe limbique. It was eventually the pioneering work of Kltiver and Bucy (1937, 1939) that gave the impetus for an ever-expanding series of investigations that produced the evidence which enables us today to make at least some educated guesses, if not even some safe statements, about the physiological functions of this previously so mystical conglomeration of nuclei, fiber tracts, and cortical structures.


Limbic System Hippocampal Lesion Limbic Structure Septal Lesion Behavioral Inhibitory System 
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  • W. P. Koella
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  1. 1.OberwilSwitzerland

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