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Subcortical Storage of Classical Conditioning

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MANY investigators1–5 have emphasized the importance of the cerebral cortex in instrumental learning. They were able to demonstrate lateralization of learning to one cortical hemisphere using spreading depression as a technique of functional decortication. Bureš, Burešová and Fifková6, however, reported a failure to lateralize the effects of learning a passive avoidance response to one hemisphere, and attributed this failure to the possibility that such learning was a type of emotional conditioning involving predominantly subcortical mechanisms.

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  1. Medical Research Council Unit for Experimental Investigation of Behaviour, University College, London

    • R. B. ROSS
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