Stimulus processing and response execution: A neurobehavioral theory

Aryeh Routtenberg*

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Abstract

Two major systems are postulated to form the substrate for behavior. System I, associated with the reticular formation, is a response organization and execution mechanism. System II, associated with limbic-midbrain structures, is a stimulus-processing, attentional mechanism. The relation between these two systems is reciprocally inhibitory. By virtue of this reciprocity, stimulus processing leads to response selection. Response execution leads to selective attention. The extrapyramidal system, a phylogenetically old system, is viewed as having properties of both System I and System II, the mode being indicated by the activity of hippocampus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)589-596
Number of pages8
JournalPhysiology and Behavior
Volume6
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1971

Keywords

  • Limbic-midbrain structures
  • Neurobehavioral theory
  • Response execution
  • Reticular formation
  • Stimulus processing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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