Wynette Richards

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The eyes of the nudibranch mollusc Hermissenda have previously been shown to contain 2 classes of photoreceptors. Type B photoreceptors exhibit increased light responses and membrane excitability after repeated pairings of light and rotation and play an important role in the mediation of associatively produced reductions in phototactic behavior. Type A(More)
The nudibranch mollusk Hermissenda crassicornis' normal attraction to light can be suppressed by repeated pairings of light with rotation. The present study examines the effects of extinction procedures on this simple form of associative learning. Presentation of non-reinforced light steps following associative conditioning resulted in an attenuation of(More)
Single type B photoreceptors in intact, restrained Hermissenda were impaled with a microelectrode and exposed to either paired or unpaired presentations of light and depolarizing current to simulate natural stimulus effects during conditioning with light and rotation. Paired, but not unpaired, stimulus presentations produced cumulative depolarization and(More)
Motor correlates of Hermissenda phototactic behavior and their modification by associative training were examined. Anatomical studies indicated the posterior three-fourths of the foot to be innervated by nerve P1 while the anterior portion was innervated by nerve P2. Bilateral lesions of either P1 or P2 pedal nerves in untrained animals reduced phototactic(More)
Spinal trigeminal nucleus pars oralis (SpoV) is anatomically linked to brain circuitry thought to subserve unconditioned and conditioned nictitating membrane responses in rabbit. Single-unit recording from SpoV and adjacent reticular formation obtained during conditioning from awake, behaving animals revealed modulation of unit firing related to CS, US, and(More)
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