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Reversible inactivation of the hippocampal formation in food-storing black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus)

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The role of the hippocampal formation (HF) in memory processing was assessed in food-storing black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapilla) by reversibly inactivating the HF during different memory tests. The memory tests required birds to remember a location based on spatial cues only, or based on a combination of both spatial and distinct visual cues. Inactivation of the HF impaired short-term spatial memory, but not visual-spatial memory. Inactivation of the HF impaired the retrieval of short-term (15 min) spatial memories, but not long-term (3-h) spatial memories. The pattern of deficits produced by inactivation of the HF in chickadees suggests a possible function of the hippocampal specialization of food-storing birds, as well as extends the notion of functional homology between the avian and mammalian HF. © 2003 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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Author(s): Shiflett MW, Smulders TV, Benedict L, DeVoogd TJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Hippocampus

Year: 2003

Volume: 13

Issue: 4

Pages: 437-444

ISSN (print): 1050-9631

ISSN (electronic): 1098-1063

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


DOI: 10.1002/hipo.10065

PubMed id: 12836913


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