Impairment of Figure-Ground and Shape Discrimination After Lesion of Nucleus Subpretectalis in Pigeons

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dc.contributor.author Scully, Erin
dc.contributor.author Goodwin, Katie
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-09T19:19:31Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-09T19:19:31Z
dc.date.issued 2012-04-09
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2092/1628
dc.description Mentors: Olga Lazareva and Martin Acerbo en_US
dc.description.abstract Our earlier research has shown that nucleus rotundus, a thalamic nucleus processing visual information in pigeons, together with its inhibitory complex, is differentially activated in birds performing figure-ground discrimination, color discrimination, and shape discrimination (Acerbo, McInnerney, et al., in preparation). In this study, we conducted bilateral chemical lesions of nucleus subpretectalis, a major inhibitory nucleus that regulates activity of nucleus rotundus but does not process visual information directly. We trained pigeons to simultaneously perform three visual discriminations (figureground, color, and shape) using the same displays. When birds learned to perform all three tasks at high levels of accuracy, we conducted the bilateral lesions of n. subpretectalis using ibotenic acid. After a period of recovery, the birds were retrained on the same tasks to evaluate the effect of lesion on maintenance of discriminations. Preliminary results indicate that lesion of nucleus subpretectalis has no effect on color discrimination, and impairs both shape and figure-ground discrimination. These results suggest that figure-ground segregation in avian brain may occur at the level of thalamus, rather than at the cortical level as it does in primates. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Drake University, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Psychology en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries DUCURS, 2012;35
dc.subject Pigeons--Behavior en_US
dc.subject Form perception en_US
dc.subject Visual perception en_US
dc.title Impairment of Figure-Ground and Shape Discrimination After Lesion of Nucleus Subpretectalis in Pigeons en_US
dc.type Presentation en_US


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    Poster sessions and presentation from the Drake University Conference on Undergraduate Research in the Sciences held each April at Olmsted Center on the Drake campus.

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