Neural correlates of active avoidance behavior in superior colliculus.

  title={Neural correlates of active avoidance behavior in superior colliculus.},
  author={Jeremy D Cohen and Manuel A Castro-Alamancos},
  journal={The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience},
  volume={30 25},
Active avoidance of harmful situations seems highly adaptive, but the underlying neural mechanisms are unknown. Rats can effectively use the superior colliculus during active avoidance to detect a salient whisker conditioned stimulus (WCS) that signals an aversive event. Here, we recorded unit and field potential activity in the intermediate layers of the superior colliculus of rats during active avoidance behavior. During the period preceding the onset of the WCS, avoids are associated with a… CONTINUE READING
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