Neural correlates of genetically determined and acquired color preferences in quail chicks

Peter Kabai, Joseph Kovach, Csaba Vadasz

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The uptake of tritiated 2-deoxyglucose (2-DG) was examined in brains of artificially selected and unselected control quail, in relation to genetically and environmentally variable early approach preferences of a colored stimulus. The data indicated high labeling in the tectofugal and low labeling in the thalamofugal projection systems in birds exhibiting preference for the light wavelength characteristics of the stimulus in independently tested choice situations. The differential labeling was observed regardless whether the stimulus preference was genetic or environmental in origin (i.e. whether it was exhibited by artificially selected and experientially naive or by unselected and imprinted control chicks). Chicks responding to the stimulus after prior imprinting experiences also exhibited high labeling in the intermediate medial portions of the neostriatum and hyperstriatum ventrale.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)260-266
Number of pages7
JournalBrain research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 28 1992


  • 2-Deoxyglucose
  • Artificial selection
  • Color preference
  • Hyperstriatum ventrale
  • Japanese quail
  • Learning
  • Visual pathway

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Developmental Biology

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