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Behav Neurosci. 2004 Apr;118(2):395-402.

Temporal encoding in fear conditioning revealed through associative reflex facilitation.

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Department of Psychology, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520, USA.

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  • Behav Neurosci. 2004 Jun;118(3):461.

Abstract

Temporal encoding in Pavlovian fear conditioning was examined through conditional facilitation of the short-latency (Rl) component of the rat eyeblink reflex. Rats were fear-conditioned to a tone conditional stimulus (CS) with either a 3- or 9-s interstimulus interval (ISI) between CS onset and the onset of the grid-shock unconditional stimulus (US). Rl facilitation was tested over 2 days, in counterbalanced order, at a latency of 3 s and 9 s from CS onset. CS-produced Rl facilitation, the conditional response (CR), was 3-4 times larger when the test latency equaled the conditioning ISI. These results, coupled with the known neurophysiology of Rl facilitation, suggest that this CR could disclose differences in the time course of CS-generated output from the amygdala when driven by cortical versus subcortical CS-CR pathways.

PMID:
15113266
DOI:
10.1037/0735-7044.118.2.395
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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