Tactile stimulation applied to the turtle shell bridge elicits a rostral scratch reflex in the spinal turtle. The triphasic rostral scratch motor program produced in vivo can also be also produced by an in vitro turtle shell and spinal cord preparation. The in vitro production of this scratch program provides support for the generalization that coordinated motor programs can be generated by the spinal cord. This in vitro preparation can be utilized to examine the pharmacological sensitivities of the spinal cord neurons generating the scratch motor program.
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - Apr 25 1983|
- in vitro spinal cord
- pattern generation
- scratch reflex