The effects of lesions in the medial, cortical, and basolateral amygdaloid nuclei on the response to increased ambient temperature were studied in male P. m. bairdii. It was found that intact-control and sham-operated animals exhibited significant increases in hypothalamic norepinephrine after heat exposure. In contrast, animals with various amygdaloid lesions exhibited a significant increase in this biogenic amine, which was due to the lesion. Upon exposure to increased ambient temperature, lesioned animals did not exhibit any changes in hypothalamic norepinephrine, indicating an interference of amygdaloid lesions with the normal response of the hypothalamic norepinephrine to changes in ambient temperature.

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