Impaired heat discrimination learning after capsaicin treatment

F. Obál, M. Hajós, G. Benedek, F. Obál, A. Jancsó-Gábor

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Abstract

A heat discrimination experiment has been designed with the intention of deciding whether rats treated with capsaicin are insensitive to heat or their thermolytic reactions are impaired. The animals were trained in a T-maze on an 11°C discrimination. The capsaicin-treated rats were slow in learning the task, and their running time was significantly longer than that of the controls even when they had mastered the problem. No such differences were found in the visual discrimination experiment in the same T-maze. It is suggested that the deficiency of the thermolytic reactions in the capsaicin treated rats may be due to an impaired heat sensitivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)977-981
Number of pages5
JournalPhysiology and Behavior
Volume27
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1981

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Keywords

  • Capsaicin
  • Cutaneous heat receptors
  • Discrimination learning
  • Heat sensitivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology (medical)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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Impaired heat discrimination learning after capsaicin treatment. / Obál, F.; Hajós, M.; Benedek, G.; Obál, F.; Jancsó-Gábor, A.

In: Physiology and Behavior, Vol. 27, No. 6, 1981, p. 977-981.

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Obál, F. ; Hajós, M. ; Benedek, G. ; Obál, F. ; Jancsó-Gábor, A. / Impaired heat discrimination learning after capsaicin treatment. In: Physiology and Behavior. 1981 ; Vol. 27, No. 6. pp. 977-981.
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