TITLE

The effects of cerebellar damage on maze learning in animals

AUTHOR(S)
Lalonde, R.; Strazielle, C.
PUB. DATE
December 2003
SOURCE
Cerebellum;Dec2003, Vol. 2 Issue 4, p300
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The role of the cerebellum in spatial learning has recently been investigated in genetically and non-genetically lesioned animal models, particularly in water mazes, in view of the minimal impact such lesions exert on swimming movements. A dissociation between place and cued learning in the Morris water maze has been observed in several models, including cerebellar mutant mice ( Rora sg , Nna1 pcd-1J , nervous ), rats with lesions of either the lateral cerebellar cortex or the dentate nucleus, and rats with selective Purkinje cell loss caused by intracerebroventricular injections of OX-7-saporin, confirming the hypothesis that cerebellar damage may cause a cognitive deficit independently of fine motor control. In addition, the results of hemicerebellectomized rats indicate the probable involvement of the cerebellum in working memory and the procedural aspect of maze learning. The findings of impaired maze learning in cerebellar-lesioned mice and rats are concordant with those of deficient visuospatial functions in patients with cerebellar atrophy. The spatial deficits may be ascribed to altered metabolic activity in cerebellar-related pathways.
ACCESSION #
11650310

 

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