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In two species, females exhibit superior working memory and inferior reference memory on the water radial-arm maze



In two species, females exhibit superior working memory and inferior reference memory on the water radial-arm maze



Physiology & Behavior 70(3-4): 311-317, August-September



Male and female mice and rats were tested on a water escape version of the radial-arm maze designed to measure working and reference memory. In both species, females exhibited superior working memory during acquisition, and were better able to handle a higher memory load. However, male mice and rats exhibited better reference memory than females during the asymptotic portion of testing. Our data suggest that females may be better at working memory when both working and reference memory information must be learned simultaneously, and males better at reference memory when it has been differentiated from working memory.

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Accession: 010811308

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PMID: 11006429

DOI: 10.1016/s0031-9384(00)00259-6


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