Hippocampus and context in classical conditioning

Curr Opin Neurobiol. 1999 Apr;9(2):195-202. doi: 10.1016/s0959-4388(99)80027-0.


Recent evidence suggests that contextual learning encompasses a variety of changes in learning and performance processes. Only some of these changes depend on the hippocampus. Specialized functions proposed for the hippocampus in contextual learning include the construction and consolidation of contextual memory representations, incidental contextual learning, and inhibitory contextual learning.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Conditioning, Classical / physiology*
  • Cues*
  • Hippocampus / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Learning / physiology
  • Memory / physiology
  • Psychomotor Performance / physiology