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Aggressive behavior induces an adrenocortical stress response, and sudden stressors often precipitate violent behavior. Experiments in rats revealed a fast, mutual, positive feedback between the adrenocortical stress response and a brain mechanism controlling aggression. Stimulation of the aggressive area in the hypothalamus rapidly activated the(More)
Over 400 sites in the hypothalami of 270 male CPB/WE-zob rats were electrically stimulated in order to induce fights between males. The localization of electrodes inducing fights seems to differ from the localization of electrodes in which no fights can be induced. The differences in localization were detected and tested by a non-parametric discriminant(More)
In this paper the boundaries of the hypothalamic response areas for brain stimulation-induced attack, social grooming and teeth-chattering were delimited. A total of 641 hypothalamic sites in 71 male CPW/WU Wistar rats were electrically stimulated. Positive sites for any behavioural response cluster into restricted hypothalamic areas. Discriminant analysis(More)
It is believed that aggressive attacks are activated by a downward stimulatory stream that includes the medial amygdala, hypothalamic attack area, and periaqueductal grey. However, the hypothalamic attack area (from which attacks can be induced by electrical stimulation) sends projections to the forebrain, the significance of which is unknown. Here we(More)
Using the same hypothalamic electrodes, the following behaviour was evoked in male rats by electrical stimulation at roughly equal current intensities: attacks on a partner, teeth-chattering, switch-off behaviour and locomotion. Current thresholds were determined for each behaviour following the intraperitoneal administration of saline or DU27716, a new(More)
The electrical stimulation of a specific hypothalamic area rapidly evokes attacks in rats. Noteworthy, attack-related hypothalamic structures were identified in all species studied so far. The area has been extensively mapped in rats, and its anatomical connections have been studied in detail. However, technical difficulties precluded earlier the precise(More)
The hypothalamic response area for electrically induced locomotion was determined using moveable electrodes and discriminant analysis as an appropriate statistical technique. At 241 out of 641 stimulated sites locomotion was induced. The distribution of locomotion sites is relatively diffuse. Discriminant analysis of both positive and negative electrode(More)
Electrical stimulation of the paraventricular (PVH) and adjacent hypothalamic area evokes self-grooming behaviour. Current intensity thresholds for grooming can be obtained depending on the exact localization of the electrode site. Sites localized at greater distance of the center of the grooming area evoke grooming at greater latencies and higher current(More)