The food-conditioned place preference task in adolescent, adult and aged rats of both sexes

Marisa J. Rubinow, Diana A. Hagerbaumer, Janice M. Juraska

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Abstract

The rat basolateral amygdala shows neuroanatomical sex differences, continuing development after puberty and aging-related alterations. Implications for amygdala-dependent memory processes were explored here by testing male and female hooded rats in adolescence, adulthood and old age on the food-conditioned place preference task. While aged rats were unimpaired, adolescents failed to learn the task. This finding may be related to ongoing development of the basolateral amygdala and related memory systems during the adolescent period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)263-266
Number of pages4
JournalBehavioural Brain Research
Volume198
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2 2009

Keywords

  • Aging
  • Basolateral amygdala
  • Development
  • Learning
  • Memory
  • Sex differences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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