The role of the medial prefrontal cortex in the play fighting of rats.

@article{Bell2009TheRO,
  title={The role of the medial prefrontal cortex in the play fighting of rats.},
  author={Heather C. Bell and David R. McCaffrey and Margaret L. Forgie and Bryan Kolb and Sergio M. Pellis},
  journal={Behavioral neuroscience},
  year={2009},
  volume={123 6},
  pages={1158-68}
}
Although decorticated rats are able to engage in play, their play is abnormal in three ways. First, decorticates do not display the normal, age-related shifts in defensive strategies during development. Second, decorticates do not modify their defensive tactics in response to the social identity of their partners. Third, decorticates display a global shift in defensive tactics from more complex to less complex strategies. It has been shown that lesions of the motor cortex (MC) selectively… CONTINUE READING