Operant control of a brain potential evoked by a behavior

J. P. Rosenfeld*, S. S. Fox

*Corresponding author for this work

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Cats were trained to execute a reaching behavior which evoked a potential in somatic sensory cortex. Correlation analysis was performed on variables of movement describing reaching trajectories and brain potential segments so as to reveal a movement-segment/wave-segment pair showing a high degree of relationship. Finally the animals were trained to increase and decrease the amplitude of the discovered evoked potential segment. The movement variable segments changed as predicted from the signs of the correlation coefficients relating them to wave amplitude segments, and were therefore suggested as mediating the operant controlled neural event.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)489-493
Number of pages5
JournalPhysiology and Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1971
Externally publishedYes


  • Biofeedback
  • Evoked potential
  • Motor behavior and conditioned neural activity
  • Movement-related potentials
  • Operant conditioning
  • Somatosensory
  • Voluntary movement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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