Operantly conditioned plasticity in spinal cord.

TitleOperantly conditioned plasticity in spinal cord.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1991
AuthorsWolpaw, J, Lee, CL, Carp, JS
JournalAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Date Published08/1991
KeywordsSpinal Cord

Recent work has shown that the monosynaptic pathway of the SSR can be operantly conditioned, and that a significant part of the plasticity responsible for the behavioral change resides in the spinal cord. The most likely sites of this activity-driven plasticity are the synapse of the Ia afferent neuron on the motoneuron and/or the motoneuron itself. Because the SSR pathway is the simplest and most accessible stimulus-response pathway in the vertebrate CNS, it may provide a valuable experimental model for elucidating activity-driven CNS changes responsible for learning.


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