Neurobiology of Procedural Learning in Animals Chapter uri icon


  • Procedural learning and memory involves the acquisition, consolidation, and retrieval of individual representations that are behaviorally expressed in an inflexible manner. Stimulusresponse habit learning represents a prominent form of procedural learning in the mammalian brain. Extensive evidence supports the hypothesis that this form of procedural learning is mediated by a neural system that contains the dorsal striatum as a primary component. Studies employing brain lesion techniques have dissociated the roles of the dorsal striatum and hippocampus in procedural and declarative memory, respectively. Pharmacological studies indicate a selective role for dorsal striatal dopamine, acetylcholine, and glutamate in memory consolidation underlying stimulusresponse procedural learning.

author list (cited authors)

  • Packard, M. G.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Packard, MG

editor list (cited editors)

  • Byrne, J. H.

Book Title

  • Learning and Memory: A Comprehensive Reference

publication date

  • January 2008