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Abstract #3081

Hemispheric asymmetry in the hippocampus of birds assessed with rsfMRI

Elisabeth Jonckers 1 , Verner P. Bingman 2 , Geert De Groof 1 , Onur Gntrkn 3 , and Annemie Van der Linden 1

1 Biomedical Sciences, bio-imaging Lab, University of Antwerp, Wilrijk, Antwerpen, Belgium, 2 Department of Psychology, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, United States, 3 Department of Biopsychology, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, Ruhr-University Bochum, Bochum, Germany

Both brain hemispheres exhibit strong, but not complete, bilateral symmetry in both structure and function. Nevertheless some brain functions are lateralized. Earlier we have shown the usefulness of rsfMRI to study lateralization in the brain by applying this technique to a well-known model of lateralization, the visual system of the awake pigeon. In this study we wanted to extend this application to another avian brain region, the hippocampus, of which a large body of data has accumulated demonstrating its functional lateralization.

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