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ERIC Number: EJ874479
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0502
Distinct Roles for Dorsal CA3 and CA1 in Memory for Sequential Nonspatial Events
Farovik, Anja; Dupont, Laura M.; Eichenbaum, Howard
Learning & Memory, v17 n1 p12-17 Jan 2010
Previous studies have suggested that dorsal hippocampal areas CA3 and CA1 are both involved in representing sequences of events that compose unique episodes. However, it is uncertain whether the contribution of CA3 is restricted to spatial information, and it is unclear whether CA1 encodes order per se or contributes by an active maintenance of memories of sequential events. Here, we developed a new behavioral task that examines memory for the order of sequential nonspatial events presented as trial-unique odor pairings. When the interval between odors within a studied pair was brief (3 sec), bilateral dorsal CA3 lesions severely disrupted memory for their order, whereas dorsal CA1 lesions did not affect performance. However, when the inter-item interval was extended to 10 sec, CA1 lesions, as well as CA3 lesions, severely disrupted performance. These findings suggest that the role of CA3 in sequence memory is not limited to spatial information, but rather appears to be a fundamental property of CA3 function. In contrast, CA1 becomes involved when memories for events must be held or sequenced over long intervals. Thus, CA3 and CA1 are both involved in memory for sequential nonspatial events that compose unique experiences, and these areas play different roles that are distinguished by the duration of time that must be bridged between key events.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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