W. F McDaniel
The role of the rodent temporal cortex in relational perception was investigated. Eighteen Long Evans rats were separated into three surgical groups (sham, partial striate, and Te2/3) and trained on a preoperative and postoperative discrimination task. The rats were then presented a series of relational judgement trials consisting of both between category judgments and within category judgments. It was hypothesized that the rats with Te2/3 lesions would perform as well as controls on the preoperative and postoperative discrimination task, but show a considerable behavioral dysfunction on the tests of visual relational perception. The results showed no differences across groups in the percentage of correct responses made in the visual relational perception task. These findings suggest that visual relational judgement does not appear to be a function of the Te2/3 area in the temporal cortex.
Maki, Summer L.
"Functions of the Rat's Temporal Association Cortex in Higher Perceptual Functions,"
The Corinthian: Vol. 3
, Article 2.
Available at: http://kb.gcsu.edu/thecorinthian/vol3/iss1/2