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Neural and Behavioural PlasticityThe Use of the Domestic Chick as a Model$
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R. J. Andrew

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198521846

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198521846.001.0001

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Monoamine systems and memory formation

Monoamine systems and memory formation

(p.419) 16 Monoamine systems and memory formation
Neural and Behavioural Plasticity

R. M. Stephenson

Oxford University Press

Recently, central beta-adrenergic involvement in chick memory processing has become a well-established area of study. This chapter describes a number of experiments which indicate that beta-adrenergic systems play a crucial and specific role in memory formation in the chick. The absence of effect following injection of the antagonists does not interfere with acquisition. The experiments described in the chapter do not entirely exclude the possibility that peripheral sites of action are involved in amnesia. The evidence presented in the chapter suggests that beta-mediated systems are important in memory consolidation. The role of brain noradrenalin in modulation memory storage is as yet unclear. Finally, the chapter emphasises that beta2-mediated noradrenergic activity is crucial for a number of stages of memory formation in the domestic chick.

Keywords:   memory processing, beta-adrenergic systems, memory formation, antagonists, beta-mediated systems, memory consolidation

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