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Black-capped chickadees (Faults atricapillus) in upstate New York show a peak in food-hoarding intensity in October. We caught chickadees at six different times of the year and measured the volume of several brain structures. We found that the hippocampal formation, which is involved in spatial memory for cached food items, has a larger volume, relative to the rest of the brain, in October than at any other time of the year. We conclude that there is an association between the intensity of food hoarding and the volume of the hippocampal formation and suggest that the enhanced anatomy might be caused by the increased use of spatial memory. (C) 1995 John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Author(s): Smulders TV, Sasson AD, Devoogd TJ
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Neurobiology
ISSN (print): 0022-3034
ISSN (electronic): 1932-846X
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
TV Smulders, Cornell Univ, Dept Psychol, Ithaca, NY 14853 USA
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