>All elementary psychology clases cover these experiments quite thoroughly.
>They are very famous and are the basis for many sub-fields of neuroscience.
>The original rat experiment was done by B.F. Skinner in the 50s and was
>called "the skinner box." The implant was an electrode which was put into
>the rat's hypothalamus (pleasure center of the brain which controls
>sensations from eating, sleeping, sex). When an electrical stimulus was
>provided by the subject, (in this case a lever the rat presses) the
>interesting thing they noted was that the animal couldnt get enough
>pleasure -- in other words they couldnt be satiated by the amount of
B.F. Skinner only used food pellets with his subjects. He did not implant
anything into the brain of his animals. A "Skinner Box" is just a box that
has levers in it, when one of the levers is pressed, a food pellet is
released. Skinner studied classical and operant conditioning, he was not a
biologist researching the brain.
Someone else must have used Skinner's work for inspiration that led to
Someone else must have used Skinner's work for inspiration that led to direct stimulation.
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