Classical Conditioning After Cerebellar Lesions in Humans

Irene Daum, Markus M. Schugens, Hermann Ackermann, Werner Lutzenberger, Johannes Dichgans, Niels Birbaumer

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We explored classical conditioning in human subjects who had lesions in their cerebellar circuitry. Seven patients with damage to cerebellar structures and matched control subjects underwent simple delay tone-airpuff conditioning. Eyelid conditioned response (CR) acquisition was severely disrupted in the patient group, whereas autonomic CRs and slow cortical potentials developing between conditioned stimulus (CS) and the unconditioned stimulus (UCS) were unaffected. Results are consistent with animal studies and earlier case reports indicating that intact cerebellar structures are necessary for the acquisition of classically conditioned motor responses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)748-756
Number of pages9
JournalBehavioral Neuroscience
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Clinical Psychology


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