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Neuroethology has pregnant agendas

Bullock, T.H. (1999) Neuroethology has pregnant agendas. [Journal (Paginated)]

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Two of the many agendas of neuroethology are illustrated with examples. (1) What cells or assemblies of cells and what patterns of activity are sufficient to accomplish recognition of ethologically important stimulus configurations and initiation of behavioral action? The theme is the opportunities available in relatively neglected approaches to these objectives. As an example, the approach is developed of gentle microstimulation of loci in the brain where cells have been found responsive to complex, natural stimuli, under conditions conducive to the performance of tell-tale behavior. Other approaches include (a) microinjection of modulatory substances into regions with such complex recognition cells and (b) recording in efficient and informative ways, by using multiple electrode arrays, recording wideband activity, in behaving animals. (2) What brain and behavior differences has evolution produced between major taxa at distinct grades of complexity? Emphasized are our relative ignorance of basic aspects of connectivity, physiology and cognitive capacities in the major grades and the probability of surprises from new studies that employ comparison.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Subjects:Neuroscience > Behavioral Neuroscience
Biology > Behavioral Biology
Neuroscience > Brain Imaging
Neuroscience > Neurology
Neuroscience > Neurophysiology
Neuroscience > Neurophysiology
ID Code:128
Deposited By:Bullock, Theodore Holmes
Deposited On:21 Jan 2000
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:53

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