Behavioural Effects of Preoperative and Postoperative Differential Housing in Rats with Brain Lesions: A Review

  • John C. Dalrymple-Alford
  • Christian R. Kelche
Part of the Advances in Behavioral Biology book series (ABBI, volume 28)


It is now widely recognized that the specific behavioural outcome of experimental brain lesions depends on much more than the size and locus of the damage (Finger and Stein, 1982; and see Finger et al., Jarrard, and Toniolo et al., this volume). This chapter reviews studies that examined the effects of the quality of the preoperative or postoperative housing environment (differential housing) on behavioural function in rats given experimental brain lesions. Some aspects of this research have been described previously (Greenough et al., 1976; Finger, 1978a; Will, 1981; Will and Eclancher, 1984). In the present article, we describe and evaluate the progress that has been made in this field, emphasising the research on learning and memory in rats with experimental lesions to septal and hippocampal pathways.


Hippocampal Formation Environmental Enrichment Brain Damage Hippocampal Lesion Septal Lesion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John C. Dalrymple-Alford
    • 1
  • Christian R. Kelche
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Neurobiologie des ComportementsStrasbourgFrance

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