Synchronized activation of sympathetic vasomotor, cardiac, and respiratory outputs by neurons in the midbrain colliculi.

@article{Iigaya2012SynchronizedAO,
  title={Synchronized activation of sympathetic vasomotor, cardiac, and respiratory outputs by neurons in the midbrain colliculi.},
  author={Kamon Iigaya and Fl{\'a}via Camargos de Figueir{\^e}do M{\"u}ller-Ribeiro and Jouji Horiuchi and Lachlan M. McDowall and Eugene Nalivaiko and Marco A. P. Fontes and Roger A. L. Dampney},
  journal={American journal of physiology. Regulatory, integrative and comparative physiology},
  year={2012},
  volume={303 6},
  pages={R599-610}
}
The superior and inferior colliculi are believed to generate immediate and highly coordinated defensive behavioral responses to threatening visual and auditory stimuli. Activation of neurons in the superior and inferior colliculi have been shown to evoke increases in cardiovascular and respiratory activity, which may be components of more generalized stereotyped behavioral responses. In this study, we examined the possibility that there are "command neurons" within the colliculi that can… CONTINUE READING