Relative recency influences object-in-context memory.
Bottom Line: Usually more exploration is seen of the object that has not previously been paired with the test context, an effect attributed to the ability to remember where an object was encountered.RR could contaminate performance on the OIC task, by enhancing the OIC effect when animals are tested in context y, and masking it when the test is in context x.This possibility was examined in two experiments, and evidence for superior performance in context y was obtained.
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Mentions: The phenomenon of spontaneous object recognition (SOR)—the observation that animals show a preference for exploring a novel object rather than one that has been previously encountered [1–3]—underlies a variety of tasks designed to examine memory processes in rats and mice. One version of this, the object-in-context (OIC) task, is used to assess rodents’ ability to remember where they have encountered a specific object. In one typical variant of this task the rodent is allowed first to freely explore one type of object, A, in one context, x, and subsequently a different type of object, B, in another context, y (see Fig. 1). Each context-object pairing usually consists of a single trial. After a delay, a test with objects A and B is given in one or other of the two contexts. It is typically reported that normal animals show a preference for the object that has not been encountered in the test context [4–12]. It has been proposed that this task relates to the ‘where’ component of episodic memory (e.g., [11,12]), context memory (e.g., ), recollection (e.g., ) or, more generally, contextual processing [7,9,10].
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