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The mammillary bodies and memory: more than a hippocampal relay

Vann, Seralynne Denise and Nelson, Andrew John Dudley 2015. The mammillary bodies and memory: more than a hippocampal relay. In: O'Mara, Shane and Tsanov, Marian eds. Progress in Brain Research, The Connected Hippocampus, Elsevier, pp. 163-185.

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Although the mammillary bodies were one of the first neural structures to be implicated in memory, it has long been assumed that their main function was to act primarily as a hippocampal relay, passing information on to the anterior thalamic nuclei and from there to the cingulate cortex. This view not only afforded the mammillary bodies no independent role in memory, it also neglected the potential significance of other, nonhippocampal, inputs to the mammillary bodies. Recent advances have transformed the picture, revealing that projections from the tegmental nuclei of Gudden, and not the hippocampal formation, are critical for sustaining mammillary body function. By uncovering a role for the mammillary bodies that is independent of its subicular inputs, this work signals the need to consider a wider network of structures that form the neural bases of episodic memory.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Publisher: Elsevier
Funders: Wellcome Trust
Last Modified: 03 May 2019 07:58

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