Preserving and restoring behavioral potential within the spinal cord using an instrumental training paradigm.

@article{Crown2001PreservingAR,
  title={Preserving and restoring behavioral potential within the spinal cord using an instrumental training paradigm.},
  author={Eric D. Crown and James W Grau},
  journal={Journal of neurophysiology},
  year={2001},
  volume={86 2},
  pages={845-55}
}
We have shown that spinal cord neurons can support a simple form of instrumental learning. In a typical experiment, rats are spinalized at the second thoracic vertebra (T(2)) and given shock to one hindleg. One group (master) receives shock whenever the leg is extended. This response-contingent shock causes an increase in response duration that decreases net shock exposure. This instrumental learning is not observed in yoked controls that receive the same amount of shock independent of leg… CONTINUE READING
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