Neural circuitry for rat recognition memory

Clea Warburton, Malcolm W Brown

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Information concerning the roles of different brain regions in recognition memory processes is reviewed. The review concentrates on findings from spontaneous recognition memory tasks performed by rats, including memory for single objects, locations, object location associations and temporal order. Particular emphasis is given to the potential roles of different regions in the circuit of interacting structures involving the perirhinal cortex, hippocampus, medial prefrontal cortex and medial dorsal thalamus in recognition memory for the association of objects and places. It is concluded that while all structures in this circuit play roles critical to such memory, these roles can potentially be differentiated and differences in the underlying synaptic and biochemical processes involved in each region are beginning to be uncovered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-139
Number of pages9
JournalBehavioural Brain Research
Issue numberSI
Early online date12 Oct 2014
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2015


  • Object recognition memory
  • Neural circuit
  • Perirhinal cortex
  • Medial prefrontal cortex;
  • Hippocampus;


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