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Psychol Rep. 2002 Dec;91(3 Pt 1):729-30.

Working memory and reference memory in adult rats following limbic seizures induced at 21 or 90 days of age.

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  • 1Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON, Canada.


Rats were either seized or not seized at 21 days of age (weaning) or at 90 days of age with a single systemic injection of lithium (3 mEq/kg) and pilocarpine (30 mg/kg). When tested as adults (120 days of age) for spatial memory in the Olton radial maze, the rats that had been seized as adults exhibited about five times more working (short-term) memory errors than the other three groups which did not differ significantly from one another. The numbers of errors for long-term (reference) memory did not differ significantly among the four groups. The deficits in working memory for the group seized as weanlings and reported previously were not replicated. One possible explanation for this discrepancy might be differential effects upon brain organization associated with seizures evoked by injecting the pilocarpine 24 hr. rather than 4 hr. after the lithium.

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