Vagal compensatory adjustment: Relationship to heart rate classical conditioning in rabbits

N. Schneiderman, al et al

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Examined the effects of alpha-adrenergic (hydergine) and cholinergic (flaxedil, atropine, bilateral vagotomy) blockades upon unconditioned (Exp. I) and conditioned (Exp. II) blood pressure (BP) and heart rate (HR) responses to tones and shocks. Ss were male albino rabbits (N =6 and 54, respectively) in both experiments. The relationship between BP increases and HR decreases, including response diminution to hydergine, suggests that BP increases contributed to HR decreases (CRs and UCRs). Additional observations, however, that HR UCRs were only partially related to BP responses, and that HR CRs occurred in the absence of conditioned BP responses, indicate that other mechanisms also influenced the HR decreases. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)175-183
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Comparative and Physiological Psychology
Issue number2 PART 1
StatePublished - Jun 1 1969



  • alpha-adrenergic &
  • cholinergic blockades, heart rate classical conditioning, rabbit

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  • Medicine(all)

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