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Brain, Perception, MemoryAdvances in Cognitive Neuroscience$
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Johan J. Bolhuis

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198524823

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524823.001.0001

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The avian hippocampal formation and memory for hoarded food: spatial learning out in the real world

The avian hippocampal formation and memory for hoarded food: spatial learning out in the real world

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(p.127) 8 The avian hippocampal formation and memory for hoarded food: spatial learning out in the real world
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Brain, Perception, Memory
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Tom V. Smulders

Timothy J. DeVoogd

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524823.003.0010

This chapter reviews some recent developments in the search for the neural mechanisms of avian food storing. In a neuroecological approach, a functional or evolutionary principle is used for a comparative analysis of brain mechanisms of behaviour. This chapter argues that the avian hippocampal formation (HF) is analogous to the mammalian hippocampus. It talks about a review research that suggests a role for the HF in spatial memory. These results are very interesting, but at the same time they illustrate some potential dangers of a neuroecological approach. Furthermore, the chapter shows that in a laboratory setting, neural differences between storers and non-storers are not always apparent, nor do these neural differences always correlate with behavioural differences. These discrepancies suggest that a neuroecological approach should always be combined with an experimental approach.

Keywords:   neural mechanisms, neuroecological approach, brain mechanisms, avian food storing, hippocampal formation

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