Sachiko Takagi

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Swelling of brain cells is one of the physiological responses associated with neuronal activation. To investigate underlying mechanisms, we analyzed interactions between changes in cell volume and synaptic responses in the hippocampal slices from rodents. Swelling within the CA1 area was detected as increases in transmittance of near-infrared light (IR),(More)
To clarify the convergence of laryngeal afferents within the nucleus tractus solitarius (NTS) in the cat, we examined in the medulla the response characteristics of superior laryngeal nerve (SLN) fibers and NTS neurons to mechanical and chemical stimulation applied to laryngeal mucosa by extracellular recordings. The response was recorded in 75 SLN primary(More)
In order to clarify the neural mechanisms for the protective laryngeal reflex, we conducted physiological analysis of laryngeal sensory receptors. In the present study, presynaptic unit activities, which might accurately reflect characteristics of the laryngeal receptor, were recorded with a glass microelectrode in the nucleus of the tractus solitarius of(More)
Previous studies have shown that the perception of facial and vocal affective expressions interacts with each other. Facial expressions usually dominate vocal expressions when we perceive the emotions of face-voice stimuli. In most of these studies, participants were instructed to pay attention to the face or voice. Few studies compared the perceived(More)
To understand the neural mechanism for generation of synchronous activity on both sides during swallowing, we examined the convergence of inputs from the bilateral superior laryngeal nerves (SLNs) in the urethane-anesthetized cat medulla and we also examined the changes in swallowing outputs after a longitudinal brain-stem split in decerebrate cats.(More)
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