BEHAVIORAL AND NEURAL PLASTICITY IN FOOD-STORING BIRDS

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Description

DESCRIPTION:(adapted from applicant?s abstract)
This research project examines learning and plasticity in the hippocampus of
food-storing birds. The first three experiments address the role of the
hippocampus in spatial memory processing, through the use of reversible
inactivation or injection of receptor antagonists. The fourth experiment
examines factors that may induce seasonal neurogenesis by manipulating
experience and hormone levels. This research will contribute to our
understanding of the neural basis of learned behaviors in the following ways;
first, by studying a natural behavior, we can increase the generality and
validity of our current theories on the neural basis of learning and memory.
Second, by studying a system with remarkable adult neural plasticity, we may
better understand the link between plasticity in the nervous sytem and changes
in cognitive function. This in turn may be relevant to therapeutic strategies
involving brain repair, by revealing the mechanisms through which adult
generated neurons become functionally integrated into the nervous system.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date5/16/015/15/03

Funding

  • National Institute of Mental Health: $36,367.00
  • National Institute of Mental Health: $38,273.00

ASJC

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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