Upon the cessation of repetitive strong stimulation, the spontaneous elicitation of a response occurs, in the absence of any stimulus. Also as the literal name suggests, a small spark applied to some wood will flare up and eventually grow into a big fire.
Kindling became known to the scientific world in the late 1960s through the published work of Goddard (1967) on the neurobiology of learning and later after the application of Goddard’s model on the study of epilepsy.
The Kindling Phenomenon Demonstrated Experimentally
Goddard (1967) runs a series of experiments on rats where, in order to investigate their abilities to learn tasks, he administered electrical stimulations in various regions of their brains. With daily repetition of the electrical stimuli, the rats began seizing. That response, however, was astonishing, as the administered stimuli were too low to induce seizures. Even more surprising was the final observation of the rats...