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Journal of Behavioral and Neuroscience Research


Previous studies have demonstrated that the transfer of retrieval cues for original acquisition memories, old 'reactivated‘ memories, and extinction memories attenuated the context shift effect. This study examined whether latent inhibition (CS preexposure) cues would also transfer, thus alleviating the context specificity. Rats preexposed to a particular context were immediately exposed to a different, novel context. When these rats were trained and tested in the shifted context following preexposure/exposure they showed the latent inhibition effect, i.e., retarded learning in the context that differed from preexposure. That the rats treated the shifted context as the preexposure context demonstrates that the preexposure retrieval cues transferred. These results are consistent with other findings that a novel context can serve as retrieval cues for an event learned in a different setting.


Originally published as Briggs, J. F., Toth, T. A., Olson, B. P., & Lapierre, J. G. (2015). Transfer of memory retrieval cues attenuates the context specificity of latent inhibition. Journal of Behavioral and Neuroscience Research, 12(1), 40-44.

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