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|Title:||The effects of occipital ablation on a conditioned visual avoidance learning task in young and old rats|
|Authors:||Chee, S.-J. |
|Citation:||Chee, S.-J., Isaac, W. (1991). The effects of occipital ablation on a conditioned visual avoidance learning task in young and old rats. Physiology and Behavior 49 (3) : 481-484. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.|
|Abstract:||Previous data indicate that learning of a conditioned visual avoidance task following simultaneous complete bilateral occipital ablations is affected by the age of the organism as well as the postoperative recovery period. The present study investigated the performance of the avoidance task, following complete occipital ablations, in young and older rats given two different recovery intervals. Young rats given 10 days to recover performed more poorly than the young control animals; given 20 days to recover, young rats performed comparable to controls. Older rats given 10 days to recover performed significantly better than the controls; given 20 days to recover, older rats did not show a decrease in performance. The present finding is consistent with previous data which show that the occipital cortex exerted an inhibitory effect on the learning ability of the avoidance task in older rats, which, upon removal, enhanced the performance of these rats on the task.|
|Source Title:||Physiology and Behavior|
|Appears in Collections:||Staff Publications|
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