Role of the perirhinal cortex in rats' conditioned taste aversion response memorization

Behav Neurosci. 2000 Oct;114(5):875-81.


The role of the perirhinal cortex (PC) in conditioned taste aversion (CTA) learning was investigated in Long Evans rats. CTA was induced by the intraperitoneal administration of LiCl 60 min after saccharin-sweetened water drinking. The PC was reversibly inactivated by the stereotaxic administration of tetrodotoxin (TTX) 60 min before saccharin drinking, immediately after saccharin drinking (Experiment 1), 6 or 24 hr after LiCl administration (Experiment 2), and 60 min before CTA retrieval testing (Experiment 3). Only pre-saccharin drinking PC inactivation disrupted CTA. Thus, PC integrity is necessary only during the earliest phases of CTA mnemonic processing, that is, taste information acquisition and early gustatory memory elaboration. The results are discussed in relation to PC connectivity and PC temporal involvement in the memorization process of other aversive responses.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Behavior, Animal / physiology
  • Choice Behavior / physiology*
  • Discrimination Learning / physiology
  • Male
  • Memory / physiology*
  • Olfactory Pathways / physiology*
  • Rats
  • Rats, Long-Evans
  • Taste / physiology*