Defensive behaviors in rats following septal and septal-amygdala lesions

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Results of 2 experiments, utilizing 88 male albino Wistar rats, indicated that septal damage produced hyperdefensiveness rather than attack behavior or general hyperreactivity. Further division of this group indicated that damage to sites anterior and ventral to the septal area, sites previously implicated in the “septal syndrome,” produced maximal effect on these behaviors. When amygdala lesions were combined with septal damage, enhanced defensive responding was almost eliminated. Results also indicate that amygdaloid mechanisms are involved in the regulation of conspecific defensive behaviors. (19 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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