Slam on the brakes: A critique of Altman, Brunner, and Bayer's response-inhibition model of hippocampal function

Lynn Nadel, John O'Keefe, Abraham Black

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A recent paper by Altman, Brunner, and Bayer (1973) reviewed much of the literature on the hippocampus and suggested that this structure is involved in response 'braking.' However, their discussion of the data often failed to include all the relevant studies, and sometimes misinterpreted those that it did cite. We would contend that the literature does not support the response-braking model, and further, that their paper perpetuates a view of the hippocampus as an inhibitory structure which is neither supported by the data nor takes into account some interesting facets of the hippocampal syndrome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-162
Number of pages12
JournalBehavioral Biology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1975


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  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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