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Entorhinal cortex contributes to object-in-place scene memory

Authors


Dr D. P. Charles, as above.
E-mail: david.charles@psy.ox.ac.uk

Abstract

Four rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta) were trained preoperatively in a test of object-in-place scene memory. They were presented daily with lists of unique computer-generated scenes each containing a spatial array of multiple individual objects. Within each scene, objects to be discriminated appeared in the foreground, each occupying a unique location, and monkeys were required to correctly discriminate the rewarded object to receive a food reward. Once this preoperative criterion was attained, the monkeys received bilateral entorhinal cortex ablation performed as either one or two surgical operations with a period of testing following each. Postoperatively, they were significantly impaired in learning new object-in-place scene problems. These results show that the entorhinal cortex, like anatomically related structures including the perirhinal cortex and the fornix, contributes to object-in-place scene learning.

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