Secor AJ, Bishop J, Pang KCH (2000) The role of medial septal cholinergic and GABAergic neurons in social memory. Neuroscience 2000 Abstracts 563.6. Society for Neuroscience, New Orleans, LA.
Summary: Electrolytic lesions of the septum alters social behavior, increasing the number of social contacts with a conspecific. Furthermore, lesions of the septum impair both spatial and non-spatial memory. These findings lead researchers to invetigate the role of the septum in social memory. A recent study has demonstrated that administration of vasopressin antagonists into the lateral septum impairs social memory following a 30 minute delay. Social memory was measured as a decreased amount of exploaration of a familiar juvenile compared to a novel juvenile. The present experiment will investigate the role of the cholinergic and GABAergic projection neurons in the medial septum/diagonal band (MS/DB) in social memory. 192-IgG saporin and kainic acid will be administered into the MS/DB to destroy cholinergic and GABAergic MS/DB neurons, respectively. The effects of the drugs on social recognition will be assessed. Each adult rat will be allowed to explore a juvenile rat for 30 seconds. Following various delays (5, 30, 120 minutes), adult rats will be re-exposed to the same or a novel juvenile rat. The amount of time that the adult rat explores the juvenile rat in 1 minute and 3 minute periods will be measured. Differences in exploration time between the control and drug treated rats will provide evidence for alterations in social memory.
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