Habituation of the acoustic and the tactile startle responses in mice: two independent sensory processes.

Abstract:

:To test whether habituation is specific to the stimulus modality, the authors analyzed cross-habituation between the tactile startle response' (TSR) and the acoustic startle response (ASR). The acoustic artifacts of airpuffs used to elicit the TSR were reduced by using a silencer and were effectively masked by background noise of 90-100 dB sound-pressure level. ASR was elicited by 14-kHz tones. TSR and ASR habituated in DBA and BALB mice: both the TSR and ASR habituated to a greater extent in DBA mice than in BALB mice. In both strains, habituation of the TSR did not generalize to the ASR, and vice versa. From this, the authors concluded that habituation of startle is located in the sensory afferent branches of the pathway.

journal_name

Behav Neurosci

journal_title

Behavioral neuroscience

authors

Pilz PK,Carl TD,Plappert CF

doi

10.1037/0735-7044.118.5.975

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2004-10-01 00:00:00

pages

975-83

issue

5

eissn

0735-7044

issn

1939-0084

pii

2004-19432-011

journal_volume

118

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