Inferior olive: its role in motor learing. Academic Article uri icon


  • Specific chemical lesion of the rat inferior olive by intraperitoneal administration of 3-acetylpyridine prevents recuperation from motor abnormalities generated by unilateral labyrinthine lesion. Moreover, in animals that have recuperated from the balyrinthine lesion, 3-acetylpyridine produces a reversal of the symptoms within 2 hours of administration. These results indicate that the integrity of the olivo-cerebellar system is necessary for the acquisition and retention of this form of motor learning, but that the cerebellum itself is not the seat of such learning.

publication date

  • December 19, 1975