George J. Mpitsos

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The findings presented here of work on the opisthobranch mollusc Pleurobranchaea californica indicate that some of the variability that has been observed in the activity of neurons during patterned motor activity may be attributable to low-dimensional chaos. We obtained long trains of action potentials (spikes) from these neurons, scanned them using(More)
Untrained Pleurobranchaea feed voraciously when presented food and withdraw from electrical shocks. We trained experimental animals in ten trials spaced 1 hour apart to withdraw from food alone by electrically shocking them if they fed or were indifferent to food. The greatest increase in the number of learned withdrawal responses occurred within 12 hours(More)
The present study compares differential Pavlovian conditioning in whole animals with the behavior of the same animals during electrophysiological recording. Untrained specimens of the sea slug Pleurobranchaea did not discriminate between two appetitive stimuli, one derived from an extract of beer (Sbr) and the other from a homogenate of squid muscle (Ssq).(More)
The inherent joint laxity and muscle hypotonia of adults with Down syndrome (DS) may result in reduced gait stability and increased energetic cost. These factors vary as a function of walking speed and may be reflected in gait patterns. The present study therefore examined whether the three-dimensional motion of the body center of mass (COM) and stepping(More)
Rhythmic activity that is distributed to the brain and buccal ganglia and which underlies several types of behaviour, can be evoked from isolated nervous systems of Pleurobranchaea californica by tonic nerve stimulation. The experiments presented here were designed to test whether this rhythmic activity is produced by independent neuronal oscillators(More)
The present differential Pavlovian conditioning experiments on the sea slug Pleurobranchaea californica extend conditioning described in a preceding paper and provide the conditioning foundation for studies reported in another accompanying paper comparing learned behavior in whole animals with the behavior and motor patterns of electrophysiological(More)