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Seasonal variation in hippocampal volume in a food-storing bird, the black-capped chickadee

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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.

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Author(s): Smulders TV, Sasson AD, Devoogd TJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Neurobiology

Year: 1995

Volume: 27

Issue: 1

Pages: 15-25

ISSN (print): 0022-3034

ISSN (electronic): 1932-846X

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


DOI: 10.1002/neu.480270103

Notes: Article TV Smulders, Cornell Univ, Dept Psychol, Ithaca, NY 14853 USA A Tim Barb


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