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ERIC Number: EJ1142310
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Pages: 6
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ISSN: ISSN-1072-0502
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Memory Consolidation within the Central Amygdala Is Not Necessary for Modulation of Cerebellar Learning
Steinmetz, Adam B.; Ng, Ka H.; Freeman, John H.
Learning & Memory, v24 n6 p225-230 Jun 2017
Amygdala lesions impair, but do not prevent, acquisition of cerebellum-dependent eyeblink conditioning suggesting that the amygdala modulates cerebellar learning. Two-factor theories of eyeblink conditioning posit that a fast-developing memory within the amygdala facilitates slower-developing memory within the cerebellum. The current study tested this hypothesis by impairing memory consolidation within the amygdala with inhibition of protein synthesis, transcription, and NMDA receptors in rats. Rats given infusions of anisomycin or DRB into the central amygdala (CeA) immediately after each eyeblink conditioning session were severely impaired in contextual and cued fear conditioning, but were completely unimpaired in eyeblink conditioning. Rats given the NMDA antagonist ifenprodil into the CeA before each eyeblink conditioning session also showed impaired fear conditioning, but no deficit in eyeblink conditioning. The results indicate that memory formation within the CeA is not necessary for its modulation of cerebellar learning mechanisms. The CeA may modulate cerebellar learning and retention through an attentional mechanism that develops within the training sessions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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