The effect of d-amphetamine and total striate cortex lesions on a variety of visual tasks in the hooded rat

Boczkowski, Richard A. (1972) The effect of d-amphetamine and total striate cortex lesions on a variety of visual tasks in the hooded rat. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

Partial deficits of visual cliff performance when motivated by escape from electrical shock, and severe deficits on the classical visual cliff and visual placing tasks were found in male hooded rats with total ablation of the striate cortex. However, injection of d-amphetamine was able to partially reverse these deficits. Optokinesis was not affected by the striate ablation. The results were interpreted as evidence that ablation of the striate cortex disrupts the animal's ability to perceive pattern, but the animal can still respond to the particular features of the pattern (eg. brightness) and thus still be able to perform the visual tasks. A neural model was hypothesised to help explain the results.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/7473
Item ID: 7473
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 25-28.
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Psychology
Science, Faculty of > Psychology
Date: 1972
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Visual perception; Depth perception

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