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Zh Vyssh Nerv Deiat Im I P Pavlova. 2006 Jan-Feb;56(1):95-101.

[The reorganization of bimanual movements during formation of a lateralized motor food skill in rats].

[Article in Russian]


After 48 h food deprivation adult Wistar rats were trained to obtain food from a narrow tube feeder using the forepaw under conditions of free choice of limb. At the initial stage of training animals use both paws: the grasping and extraction with one paw can be alternated with food grasping and extraction with another paw, and both paws can be alternately involved in movements preceding this grasping. Character of reorganization of bimanual movements was analyzed during training rats with different motor preference (right-handed and left-handed animals). It was shown that in the process of acquisition of both right- and left-hand skills, bimanual reactions in the anticipating attempts disappeared later than in the final successful movements. The disappearance of bimanual movements in the anticipating attempts is considered as an index of the maximum skill lateralization and acquisition of a novel lateralized movement coordination. The results suggest that left-handed rats more rapidly learn a novel movement coordination than right-handed animals.

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