Modification of the discharge of vagal cardiac neurons during learned heart rate change.

@article{Gold1981ModificationOT,
  title={Modification of the discharge of vagal cardiac neurons during learned heart rate change.},
  author={Michael R Gold and Dr. David H. Cohen},
  journal={Science},
  year={1981},
  volume={214 4518},
  pages={
          345-7
        }
}
Visually conditioned heart rate change in the pigeon has been developed as a vertebrate model system for the cellular neurophysiological analysis of associative learning. In previous studies of the "final common path," it was shown that both the vagal and sympathetic cardiac innervations contribute to this response. The present experiments indicate that, prior to any behavioral training, the visual stimulus elicits a small decrease in the discharge of vagal cardiac neurons. During conditioning… CONTINUE READING
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