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ERIC Number: EJ882535
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0502
Post-Training Reversible Inactivation of the Hippocampus Enhances Novel Object Recognition Memory
Oliveira, Ana M. M.; Hawk, Joshua D.; Abel, Ted; Havekes, Robbert
Learning & Memory, v17 n3 p155-160 Mar 2010
Research on the role of the hippocampus in object recognition memory has produced conflicting results. Previous studies have used permanent hippocampal lesions to assess the requirement for the hippocampus in the object recognition task. However, permanent hippocampal lesions may impact performance through effects on processes besides memory consolidation including acquisition, retrieval, and performance. To overcome this limitation, we used an intrahippocampal injection of the GABA agonist muscimol to reversibly inactivate the hippocampus immediately after training mice in two versions of an object recognition task. We found that the inactivation of the dorsal hippocampus after training impairs object-place recognition memory but enhances novel object recognition (NOR) memory. However, inactivation of the dorsal hippocampus after repeated exposure to the training context did not affect object recognition memory. Our findings suggest that object recognition memory formation does not require the hippocampus and, moreover, that activity in the hippocampus can interfere with the consolidation of object recognition memory when object information encoding occurs in an unfamiliar environment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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