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J Comp Physiol A. 1988 May;163(1):1-11.

Stimulus-specific long-term habituation of visually guided orienting behavior toward prey in toads: a 14C-2DG study.

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Abteilung für Neuroethologie, Universität Kassel, Federal Republic of Germany.


The regional distribution of cerebral glucose utilization, revealed by the 14C-2DG technique, was compared between (i) toads after stimulus-specific long-term habituation of the orienting response toward a repeatedly presented prey dummy ('habituation group') and (ii) non-habituated toads, readily orienting toward the repetitively presented prey stimulus ('naive group'). In the 'habituation group', the ventral medial pallium (vMP), a certain portion of the preoptic area (PO), and the dorsal hypothalamus (dHYP) showed a statistically significant increase in 14C-2DG-uptake; decrease was observed in the ventral layers of the optic tectum (vOT), a portion of the tegmental reticular formation (RET), the ventral cerebellum (vCB), and the striatum (STR). The results suggest that stimulus-specific long-term habituation of prey-catching affects both, components of the stimulus-response mediating circuit (e.g., involving OT), and structures extrinsic to it, (e.g., vMP, PO, dHYP), which may belong to a modulatory circuitry. Bilateral lesions to vMP strongly delay habituation. Our results are suggesting that damping of the adequate behavioral motor response during habituation involves active inhibitory processes of a modulatory system that develops in strength during stimulus repetition so as to suppress response output, which basically supports Sokolov's hypothesis (1975).

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