Comparison of the effects of lateral and ventro-posterior hypothalamic damage on the predatory behavior of cats.

Two groups of seven cats estimated preoperatively as good mice-killers were subjected to the damage of either the lateral hypothalamus (LH) or the ventro-posterior hypothalamus (VPH). The LH damage produced global impairment of the predatory behavior, such as interest in, catching, killing, or consuming the mouse, whereas VPH damage left intact most… (More)