Presumed 'prefrontal cortex' lesions in pigeons: Effects on visual discrimination performance

Laura Aldavert-Vera, David Costa-Miserachs, Ivan Divac, Juan D. Delius

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The posterodorsolateral neostriatum (PDLNS) in pigeons may be an equivalent of the prefrontal cortex (PFC) in mammals. Here we report that lesions of this brain region in pigeons have a detrimental effect on various learned visual discriminations. Pigeons with lesions of the overlying area corticoidea dorsolateralis (CDL) served as controls. Both the postoperative re-learning to criterion of a preoperatively learned simultaneous double visual mirror pattern discrimination and the learning of a simple successive go, no-go discrimination were impaired by the PDLNS lesions. The PDLNS and CDL groups did not differ significantly in the postoperative learning of a reversal of the simultaneous discrimination. The results are discussed in relation to the presumed equivalence between the avian PDNLS and the mammalian PFC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-170
JournalBehavioural Brain Research
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 1999


  • Lesions
  • Pigeons
  • Posterodorsolateral neostriatum
  • Prefrontal cortex
  • Reversal learning
  • Visual discriminations


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