Involvement of the entorhinal cortex in a process of attentional modulation: Evidence from a novel variant of an IDS/EDS procedure

C. J.P. Oswald, Kay Yan Benjamin Yee, J. N.P. Rawlins, D. B. Bannerman, M. Good, R. C. Honey

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Novel behavioral assays were used to assess the role of the entorhinal cortex in modulating attention to components of stimulus compounds. In Stage 1, rats received discrimination training with compounds constructed from 3 dimensions (auditory, visual, and tactile); in each compound the combination of components from 2 dimensions (e.g., auditory and visual) were relevant to the solution of the discrimination, and the remaining dimension (e.g., tactile) was irrelevant. In Stage 2, rats received a different discrimination in which the relevant dimensions were either congruent (auditory and visual) or incongruent (auditory and tactile) with those that were relevant in Stage 1. Sham-operated rats acquired the congruent discrimination more rapidly than the incongruent discrimination - a finding indicative of a process of attentional modulation - whereas rats with excitotoxic lesions of the entorhinal cortex acquired both discriminations equally readily.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)841-849
Number of pages9
JournalBehavioral Neuroscience
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 22 Aug 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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