Lesions of the frontal cortex, hippocampus, and intralaminar thalamic nuclei have distinct effects on remembering in rats.

Academic Article


  • Lesions of the intralaminar thalamic nuclei (ILn), the medial wall (MW) area of prefrontal cortex, and the hippocampus were compared and found to have distinct effects on delayed matching-to-sample (DMS) and delayed non-matching-to-sample (DNMS) tasks based on different types of stimulus cues. Hippocampal lesions impaired DNMS trained in a radial arm maze but had little effect on DMS trained with retractable levers or olfactory DNMS. MW lesions affected the DMS task but had limited effects on olfactory DNMS and radial arm maze DNMS. ILn lesions resulted in a more generalized pattern of impairment for radial maze tasks and (in previous studies) for the DMS and olfactory DNMS tasks. Only the hippocampal lesion was associated with a delay-dependent impairment. It is argued that ILn lesions disrupt remembering through their effects on the recurrent, feedback pathways that link functionally related areas of the basal ganglia and cortex.
  • Authors

  • Mair, Robert
  • Burk, JA
  • Porter, MC
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • August 1998
  • Published In


  • Analysis of Variance
  • Animals
  • Conditioning, Operant
  • Cues
  • Discrimination Learning
  • Hippocampus
  • Male
  • Maze Learning
  • Memory
  • Neural Pathways
  • Orientation
  • Prefrontal Cortex
  • Rats
  • Rats, Long-Evans
  • Reaction Time
  • Smell
  • Space Perception
  • Thalamic Nuclei
  • Time Factors
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 9733186
  • Start Page

  • 772
  • End Page

  • 792
  • Volume

  • 112
  • Issue

  • 4