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ERIC Number: EJ767944
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0502
Factors Regulating the Effects of Hippocampal Inactivation on Renewal of Conditional Fear after Extinction
Corcoran, Kevin A.; Maren, Stephen
Learning & Memory, v11 n5 p598-603 Sep 2004
After extinction of fear to a Pavlovian conditional stimulus (CS), contextual stimuli come to regulate the expression of fear to that CS. There is growing evidence that the context dependence of memory retrieval after extinction involves the hippocampus. In the present experiment, we examine whether hippocampal involvement in memory retrieval after extinction is related to the history of CS presentations in the context used for retrieval testing. We used infusions of muscimol to inactivate the dorsal hippocampus (DH) during postextinction retrieval tests that were conducted in contexts that differed in their history of CS presentations in that context. We found that DH inactivation affected the context-dependent retrieval of extinction (i.e., renewal) when testing occurred in a context that had no history of CS exposure, but not in a context that reliably predicted the CS. These results are discussed in terms of theories regarding the role of the hippocampus in contextual memory retrieval. (Contains 1 table and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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