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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29083204/running-wheel-exercise-reduces-renewal-of-extinguished-instrumental-behavior-and-alters-medial-prefrontal-cortex-neurons-in-adolescent-but-not-adult-rats
#1
Meghan C Eddy, John T Green
Physical exercise in rodents has repeatedly been shown to trigger positive effects on brain function, including increased neurotrophic factors and improved learning and memory. However, most of this work has focused on the adult hippocampus and hippocampal-dependent behavior. Here we examined the effect of running wheel exercise in adult and adolescent male rats on ABA renewal of extinguished instrumental conditioning, in which acquisition occurs in Context A, extinction in Context B, and renewal testing occurs back in Context A...
October 30, 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29083203/brief-optogenetic-inhibition-of-rat-lateral-or-ventrolateral-periaqueductal-gray-augments-the-acquisition-of-pavlovian-fear-conditioning
#2
Neda Assareh, Elena E Bagley, Pascal Carrive, Gavan P McNally
The midbrain periaqueductal gray (PAG) coordinates the expression and topography of defensive behaviors to threat and also plays an important role in Pavlovian fear learning itself. Whereas the role of PAG in the expression of defensive behavior is well understood, the relationship between the activity of PAG neurons and fear learning, the exact timing of PAG contributions to learning during the conditioning trial, and the contributions of different PAG columns to fear learning are poorly understood. We assessed the effects of optogenetic inhibition of lateral (LPAG) and ventrolateral PAG (VLPAG) neurons on fear learning...
October 30, 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29189020/effect-of-social-isolation-on-anxiety-related-behaviors-cortisol-and-monoamines-in-adult-zebrafish
#3
Soaleha Shams, Diane Seguin, Amanda Facciol, Diptendu Chatterjee, Robert Gerlai
Social isolation can be used to study behavioral, neural, and hormonal mechanisms that regulate interactions in social animals. Although isolation effects have been reported in social mammals and various fish species, systematic studies with isolated zebrafish are rare. Here, the authors examined behavior (social and nonsocial), physiological stress (whole-body cortisol levels), and neurochemicals (serotonin, dopamine, and their metabolites), following acute and chronic social isolation in adult zebrafish. To observe how isolated fish respond behaviorally to social stimuli, they exposed zebrafish to live conspecifics or animated images after acute (24 hr) or chronic (6 months) social isolation...
December 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29189019/across-sex-and-age-learning-and-memory-and-patterns-of-avian-hippocampal-gene-expression
#4
Saritha Kosarussavadi, Zachary T Pennington, Jeremy Covell, Aaron P Blaisdell, Barney A Schlinger
Age-related decrements in cognitive ability have been proposed to stem from deteriorating function of the hippocampus. Many birds are long lived, especially for their relatively small body mass and elevated metabolism, making them a unique model of resilience to aging. Nevertheless, little is known about avian age-related changes in cognition and hippocampal physiology. We studied spatial cognition and hippocampal expression of the age-related gene, Apolipoprotein D (ApoD), and the immediate early gene Egr-1 in zebra finches at various developmental time points...
December 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29189018/the-application-of-a-rodent-based-morris-water-maze-mwm-protocol-to-an-investigation-of-age-related-differences-in-human-spatial-learning
#5
Jimmy Y Zhong, Kathy R Magnusson, Matthew E Swarts, Cherita A Clendinen, Nadjalisse C Reynolds, Scott D Moffat
The current study applied a rodent-based Morris water maze (MWM) protocol to an investigation of search performance differences between young and older adult humans. To investigate whether similar age-related decline in search performance could be seen in humans based on the rodent-based protocol, we implemented a virtual MWM (vMWM) that has characteristics similar to those of the MWM used in previous studies of spatial learning in mice. Through the use of a proximity to platform measure, robust differences were found between healthy young and older adults in search performance...
December 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29189017/the-dorsomedial-striatum-mediates-pavlovian-appetitive-conditioning-and-food-consumption
#6
Sindy Cole, Andrew D Stone, Gorica D Petrovich
The dorsomedial striatum (DMS) is an important sensorimotor region mediating the acquisition of goal-directed instrumental reward learning and behavioral flexibility. However, whether the DMS also regulates Pavlovian cue-food learning is less clear. The current study used excitotoxic lesions to determine whether the DMS is critical in Pavlovian appetitive learning and behavior, using discriminative conditioning and reversal paradigms. The results showed that DMS lesions transiently retarded cue-food learning and subsequent reversal of this learning...
December 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28956947/effects-of-intra-accumbal-administration-of-dopamine-and-ionotropic-glutamate-receptor-drugs-on-delay-discounting-performance-in-rats
#7
Justin R Yates, Michael T Bardo
Nucleus accumbens core (NAcc) has been implicated in impulsive choice, as measured in delay discounting. The role of dopamine (DA) in impulsive choice has received considerable attention, whereas glutamate (Glu) has recently been shown to be an important mediator of discounting. However, research has not examined how DA or Glu receptors in NAcc mediate different aspects of delay discounting performance, that is, (a) sensitivity to reinforcer magnitude and (b) sensitivity to delayed reinforcement. Adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were first trained in a delay discounting task, in which the delay to a large magnitude food reinforcer increased across blocks of trials...
October 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28956946/neonatal-perirhinal-cortex-lesions-impair-monkeys-ability-to-modulate-their-emotional-responses
#8
Nathan S Ahlgrim, Jessica Raper, Emily Johnson, Jocelyne Bachevalier
The medial temporal lobe (MTL) is a collection of brain regions best known for their role in perception, memory, and emotional behavior. Within the MTL, the perirhinal cortex (PRh) plays a critical role in perceptual representation and recognition memory, although its contribution to emotional regulation is still debated. Here, rhesus monkeys with neonatal perirhinal lesions (Neo-PRh) and controls (Neo-C) were tested on the Human Intruder (HI) task at 2 months, 4.5 months, and 5 years of age to assess the role of the PRh in the development of emotional behaviors...
October 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805433/overriding-actions-in-parkinson-s-disease-impaired-stopping-and-changing-of-motor-responses
#9
Wery P M van den Wildenberg, K Richard Ridderinkhof, Nelleke C van Wouwe, Joseph S Neimat, Theodore R Bashore, Scott A Wylie
We administered a stop-change paradigm, an extended version of the stop task that requires (a) stopping an ongoing motor response and (b) changing to an alternative (change) response. Performance of a group of patients diagnosed with Parkinson's disease (PD) and taking dopaminergic medication was compared with that of matched healthy control (HC) participants. Behavioral results indicated that response latencies to the initial go signal did not distinguish between the 2 groups, but that stopping latencies were prolonged in PD patients...
October 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805432/strain-dependent-sex-differences-in-a-long-term-forced-swim-paradigm
#10
José Colom-Lapetina, Sabrina L Begley, Megan E Johnson, Kristina J Bean, Whitney N Kuwamoto, Rebecca M Shansky
Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from trauma- and stressor-related disorders. The development of improved therapeutic interventions is contingent upon a more complete grasp of both the neural and behavioral dynamics of the stress response in females. The rodent forced swim test (FST) is a valuable animal model for exploring the neurobiological mechanisms responsible for selection of active and passive responses to inescapable stressors, but it is often neglected in 2-day FST studies is the dissociation of innate (Day 1) versus learned (Day 2) coping responses...
October 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805431/disentangling-the-effects-of-serotonin-on-risk-perception-s-carriers-of-5-httlpr-are-primarily-concerned-with-the-magnitude-of-the-outcomes-not-the-uncertainty
#11
Philip Millroth, Peter Juslin, Elias Eriksson, Thomas Agren
Serotonin signaling is vital for reward processing, and hence, also for decision-making. The serotonin transporter gene linked polymorphic region (5-HTTLPR) has been connected to decision making, suggesting that short-allele carriers (s) are more risk averse than long-allele homozygotes (ll). However, previous research has not identified if this occurs because s-carriers (i) are more sensitive to the uncertainty of the outcomes or (ii) are more sensitive to the magnitude of the outcomes. This issue was disentangled using a willingness-to-pay task, where the participants evaluated prospects involving certain gains, uncertain gains, and ambiguous gains...
October 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805430/context-specific-habituation-of-the-freezing-response-in-newborn-chicks
#12
Cinzia Chiandetti, Massimo Turatto
Previous studies have found that in mature animals habituation is context-specific in some species but not in others. Given the mixed evidence present in the literature, we decided to explore whether habituation is context-specific in newborn chicks. The results showed that 3 days after hatching, chicks were capable of using global contextual information to rapidly habituate their freezing response to a series of sudden acoustic stimuli. Our study is the 1st to show context-specific habituation in this avian species, a result in agreement with those of previous findings in adult male zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata)...
October 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805429/the-effect-of-scopolamine-on-matching-behavior-and-the-estimation-of-relative-reward-magnitude
#13
Matthew I Leon, Vanessa Rodriguez-Barrera, Aldo Amaya
We investigated the behavioral effects of scopolamine on rats that bar pressed for trains of electrically stimulating pulses under concurrent variable interval schedules of reward. For the first half of the session (30 min) a 1:4 ratio in the programmed number of stimulation trains delivered at each option was in effect. At the start of the second half of the session, an unsignaled reversal in the relative train number (4:1) occurred. We tracked the relative magnitude of reward estimated for each contiguous pair of reinforced visits to competing options...
October 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805428/ventral-striatum-lesions-do-not-affect-reinforcement-learning-with-deterministic-outcomes-on-slow-time-scales
#14
Raquel Vicario-Feliciano, Elisabeth A Murray, Bruno B Averbeck
A large body of work has implicated the ventral striatum (VS) in aspects of reinforcement learning (RL). However, less work has directly examined the effects of lesions in the VS, or other forms of inactivation, on 2-armed bandit RL tasks. We have recently found that lesions in the VS in macaque monkeys affect learning with stochastic schedules but have minimal effects with deterministic schedules. The reasons for this are not currently clear. Because our previous work used short intertrial intervals, one possibility is that the animals were using working memory to bridge stimulus-reward associations from 1 trial to the next...
October 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714720/the-behavioral-effects-of-chronic-sugar-and-or-caffeine-consumption-in-adult-and-adolescent-rats
#15
Jane L Franklin, Travis A Wearne, Judi Homewood, Jennifer L Cornish
Caffeine is a psychostimulant frequently consumed by adults and children, often in combination with high levels of sugar. Chronic pretreatment with either substance can amplify both amphetamine and cocaine-induced hyperactivity in rodents. The present study sought to elucidate whether age at the time of exposure to sugar and/or caffeine alters sensitivity to an acute illicit psychostimulant (methamphetamine, [METH]) challenge in adulthood. Adult and adolescent (Postnatal Day 35 on first day of treatment) male Sprague-Dawley rats were treated for 26 days with water, caffeine (0...
August 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714719/temporal-ventriloquism-effect-in-european-starlings-evidence-for-two-parallel-processing-pathways
#16
Gesa Feenders, Yoko Kato, Katharina M Borzeszkowski, Georg M Klump
The brain constantly has to interpret stimuli from a range of modalities originating from the same or different objects to create unambiguous percepts. The mechanisms of such multisensory processing have been intensely studied with respect to the time window of integration or the effect of spatial separation. However, the neural mechanisms remain elusive with respect to the role of alerting effects and multisensory integration. We addressed this issue by choosing a test paradigm where we could manipulate potentially alerting stimuli and simultaneously activating stimuli independently: We measured the temporal ventriloquism effect in European starlings by using the temporal order judgment paradigm with subjects judging the temporal order of the lighting of 2 spatially separated lights...
August 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714718/multiple-sclerosis-reduces-sensitivity-to-immediate-reward-during-decision-making
#17
Elisabetta Grippa, Manuela Sellitto, Cristina Scarpazza, Flavia Mattioli, Giuseppe di Pellegrino
Individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) often face important health-related and financial decisions that involve trade-offs between short-term and long-term benefits, yet decision making is rarely studied in MS patients. The temporal discounting paradigm is a useful tool for investigating such time-dependent choices in humans. Here, we investigated whether patients with relapsing-remitting MS differed from healthy controls when making choices between hypothetical monetary rewards available at different points in time...
August 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714717/acetylcholine-contributes-to-the-integration-of-self-movement-cues-in-head-direction-cells
#18
Ryan M Yoder, Jeremy H M Chan, Jeffrey S Taube
Acetylcholine contributes to accurate performance on some navigational tasks, but details of its contribution to the underlying brain signals are not fully understood. The medial septal area provides widespread cholinergic input to various brain regions, but selective damage to medial septal cholinergic neurons generally has little effect on landmark-based navigation, or the underlying neural representations of location and directional heading in visual environments. In contrast, the loss of medial septal cholinergic neurons disrupts navigation based on path integration, but no studies have tested whether these path integration deficits are associated with disrupted head direction (HD) cell activity...
August 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714716/cb%C3%A2-receptor-antagonism-in-the-bed-nucleus-of-the-stria-terminalis-interferes-with-affective-opioid-withdrawal-in-rats
#19
Kiri L Wills, Marieka V DeVuono, Cheryl L Limebeer, Kiran Vemuri, Alexandros Makriyannis, Linda A Parker
The bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) is a region of the extended amygdala that is implicated in addiction, anxiety, and stress related behaviors. This region has been identified in mediating the aversive state of naloxone-precipitated morphine withdrawal (MWD) and cannabinoid Type I (CB1) receptors have been found to modulate neurotransmission within this region. Previous findings suggest that the CB1 antagonist/inverse agonist, AM251, administered systemically or by infusion into the central nucleus of the amygdala (CeA) prevented the aversive affective properties of MWD as measured by conditioned place aversion learning...
August 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714715/the-development-of-perineuronal-nets-around-parvalbumin-gabaergic-neurons-in-the-medial-prefrontal-cortex-and-basolateral-amygdala-of-rats
#20
Kathryn D Baker, Arielle R Gray, Rick Richardson
Perineuronal nets (PNNs) are extracellular matrix structures that preferentially surround mature GABAergic neurons that express the calcium-binding protein parvalbumin (PV). It has been suggested that aberrant PNN formation in humans may contribute to psychological disorders, many of which emerge during childhood and adolescence. The present experiment investigated the normative developmental trajectory of PNN formation in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) and basolateral amygdala (BLA) in juvenile (P24), adolescent (P35-36), and adult (∼P70) rats...
August 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
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