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Memory, Imprinting, and the BrainAn Inquiry into Mechanisms$
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Gabriel Horn

Print publication date: 1985

Print ISBN-13: 9780198521563

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198521563.001.0001

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Brain lesions, acquisition, and retention

Brain lesions, acquisition, and retention

(p.83) 5 Brain lesions, acquisition, and retention
Memory, Imprinting, and the Brain

Gabriel Horn

Oxford University Press

This chapter investigated whether the ‘intermediate and medial part of hyperstriatum ventrale’ (IMHV) is necessary for imprinting. The IMHV of chicks were lesioned and exposed to an imprinting stimulus. It was shown that if the IMHV is destroyed bilaterally before training, the chicks fail to develop a preference for the training object. If the region is destroyed bilaterally after training is complete, retention is severely impaired. The results suggest that the IMHV is critical for storing information having a direct influence on filial preferences.

Keywords:   IMHV, imprinting, chicks, information storage

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