The relationship between amygdaloid damage and the intraperitoneal injection of betamethasone was studied with respect to the exploratory behaviour of male hooded rats. Amygdalectomy produced attenuated long-term habituation of stimulus-specific and general exploratory behaviour. This habituation deficit was uninfluenced by betamethasone. Betamethasone also failed to influence long-term habituation in the intact animals. Although Amygdalectomy did not alter short-term habituation, betamethasone accelerated the short-term habituation of general exploratory behaviour in both amygdalectomized and intact animals. On replication of the experiment betamethasone administration failed to influence exploration. It was tentatively concluded that Amygdalectomy and betamethasone influence the habituation of exploratory activity under mutually exclusive circumstances. However, the failure to replicate the Amygdalectomy- and betamethasone-induced changes in habituation could not be interpreted within the context of the present experiment.
|Degree Type||Masters degree|