The effects of central catecholamine depletions on spatial learning in rats.
The role of forebrain catecholamine systems in spatial learning was assessed using a recently described place navigation task. Rats were required to learn the spatial location of a platform hidden 1 cm below the surface in order to escape from a large pool filled with opaque water. Circumscribed destruction of dopamine or noradrenaline neurones was achieved with bilateral stereotaxic injections of 6-hydroxydopamine. Rats with neostriatal dopamine depletions showed regulatory impairments, mild...Expand abstract
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