Lesions of inferior temporal area TE in infant monkeys alter cortico-amygdalar projections

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WHEN inferior temporal area TE is removed bilaterally in infant monkeys, the normally transient projection from area TEO to the lateral basal nucleus of the amygdala is maintained, and the normally limited projection from area TEO to the dorsal part of the lateral nucleus of the amygdala expands to invade the terminal space in the lateral nucleus that is normally occupied by terminals from area TE. The maintenance and sprouting of these projections from area TEO could play a role in the permanent preservation of visual memory ability in monkeys that have received bilateral removal of area TE in infancy.

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