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Zh Vyssh Nerv Deiat Im I P Pavlova. 1999 Mar-Apr;49(2):301-12.

[The organization of instrumental food-procuring movements in rats].

[Article in Russian]

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Pirogov Medical University, Vinnitsa, Ukraine.


The roles of the lateral hypothalamus, basolateral nucleus of the amygdalar complex, the second field of the frontal cortex, and ventromedial thalamic nucleus in organization of the fast ballistic food-procuring movements were studied in albino rats. Sequences of uni- and bilateral destruction of the brain structures were assessed by photorecording. Movement-related neuronal activity in these structures was recorded in freely moving animals. A specific involvement of each of the above listed structures in organization of food-procuring movements was shown. The lateral hypothalamus seems to participate in initiation of the motor program and its efficient realization, the basolateral amygdala appears to produce activatory, training, and stabilizing effects. The second field of the motor cortex leads in movement acquisition (i.e., in memorizing) and decision making about triggering the program. The idea about the relay role of the thalamic motor nucleus is supplemented by understanding of its more complex integrative function.

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