Article date: 1991/3/1
PubMed ID: 2059189
Journal name: Behavioral and neural biology (ISSN: 0163-1047)
Pigmented rats of the DA strain with either radiofrequency or ibotenic acid lesions of the thalamic nucleus medialis dorsalis were postoperatively given nonspatial and spatial tests of working memory. In the nonspatial task, delayed nonmatching-to-sample, rats with both types of thalamic lesions showed acquisition impairments. The subgroup of rats with nucleus medialis dorsalis lesions that were able to reach the acquisition criterion did, however, perform normally when the retention interval was extended to 60 s. In the spatial task, delayed forced-alternation, rats were tested with differing retention intervals and with both spaced and massed trials. Damage to nucleus medialis dorsalis had no effect on acquisition or on spaced trials, but a slight deficit was found in the animals with radiofrequency lesions under the massed trial condition. Much clearer deficits were, however, present in those animals in which the lesion extended appreciably into the anterior thalamic nuclei. The findings indicate that while cellular damage to nucleus medialis dorsalis may disrupt learning, some impairments in tests of spatial working memory attributed to this nucleus may reflect damage to the adjacent anterior thalamic nuclei.
Author List: Hunt P R, Aggleton J P
Publication Types: Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
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Mesh terms: Animals; Brain Mapping; Discrimination Learning/physiology; Mental Recall/physiology; Nerve Degeneration/physiology; Neural Pathways/physiology; Orientation/physiology; Rats; Rats, Inbred Strains; Retention (Psychology)/physiology; Thalamic Nuclei/physiology;