Spontaneous Alternation Behavior and the Brain

  • Robert J. Douglas


One strategy for writing this chapter would have been to prepare an immense list of all studies linking spontaneous alternation behavior to brain lesions or drugs. Our minds thoroughly boggled, we could then have identified a few missing items in the list and agreed that further research was necessary. I believe, however, that even though there are many studies crying out to be done, it is possible to make considerable sense out of the staggering amount of evidence already in existence. The results of hundreds of alternation experiments do tell a story—two quite different stories, in fact. And these stories reveal more than why a rat turns right or left in a T maze. The alternating rat is trying to tell us how the brain works, and my intent in writing this chapter is to convey to you what the alternating rat tells me.


Vestibular Nucleus Vestibular System Hippocampal Lesion Spontaneous Alternation Corpus Striatum 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert J. Douglas
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  1. 1.The University of WashingtonUSA

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