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Behav Neurosci. 2002 Oct;116(5):807-23.

Appetitive conditioning-induced plasticity is expressed during paradoxical sleep in the medial geniculate, but not in the lateral amygdala.

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  • 1Laboratoire de Neurobiologie de l'Apprentissage, de la Mémoire et de la Communication, Centre National de La Recherche Scientifique, Université Paris-Sud, Orsay, France.


This study examined whether neurons in the medial division of the medial geniculate (MGm) and the dorsal part of the lateral amygdala (LAd) express learning-induced plasticity in paradoxical sleep (PS) after appetitive conditioning, as they do in PS after fear conditioning. Rats received tone-food pairings in 3 sessions. After each session, the tone was presented at a nonawakening intensity during PS. Multiunit activity was simultaneously recorded in MGm and LAd. During waking, increases in tone-evoked discharges developed in MGm and LAd; however, as training continued, they lessened in LAd, but not in MGm. During PS, conditioned tone responses were expressed in MGm, but not in LAd. Thus, these results demonstrate dissociation of MGm and LAd plasticity. Moreover, compared with fear conditioning results, they suggest that expression of amygdalar plasticity in PS depends on the emotional salience of the stimulus.

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