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The present study was aimed at characterizing the cognitive deficits caused by the degeneration of nigrostriatal dopamine (DA) pathways by using the additive factor logic [Sternberg, S. (1969) Acta Psychol., 30, 276-315], a powerful reaction time (RT) method developed in humans and recently introduced in the rat [Courtiere, A., Hardouin, J., Hasbroucq, T.,(More)
While there is general agreement that in Parkinson's disease (PD), striatal dopamine (DA) depletion causes motor deficits, the origin of the associated cognitive impairments remains a matter of debate. The present study aimed to decipher the influence of a partial 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) lesion of striatal DA nerve terminals in rats performing a reaction(More)
Peripheral-type benzodiazepine Receptors (PBR) in the kidney and Central-type Benzodiazepine Receptors (CBR) in the cerebral cortex were not affected in rats exposed to chronic hyperoxia (85% O2, ATA, 6 days). Nevertheless, cortical CBR showed a significant decrease (29%) after hyperbaric hyperoxia (100% O2, 3.5 ATA, 2 h) in rats at a preconvulsive stage,(More)
It is well established that the dopaminergic system influences simple reaction time (RT) performance. However, the role of this system in more complex information processing remains to be clarified. The present study was aimed at addressing this issue. To this end, we used an inferential method that relies on choice RT procedures and allows one to identify(More)
Sleep disturbances induced by environmental noise (EN) exposure are now well admitted. However, many contradictory conclusions and discrepancies have been reported, resulting from uncontrolled human factors or the use of artificial noises (pure tone). Thus, the development of an animal model appears to be a useful strategy for determining whether EN is(More)
In humans, the Simon effect refers to the fact that choice reaction time (RT) is shorter when the stimulus corresponds spatially to the response than when it does not, albeit the location of the stimulus is irrelevant to the task. This effect has motivated innumerable empirical and theoretical studies and is considered to reflect elementary cognitive(More)
RATIONALE Nitrous oxide (N(2)O) inhalation, at subanaesthetic concentrations, impairs choice reaction time (RT). However, the functional locus of this effect remains to be ascertained. In the present study, this issue was investigated by applying the additive factor logic to the RTs of rats performing a visuo-motor task. METHOD The task consisted of(More)
Working memory impairment under narcosis has never been investigated. Furthermore, mechanisms by which narcosis disturbs working memory processes remain relatively unknown. The present work was aimed at answering to these two questions using a well-known normobaric narcotic gas, nitrous oxide (N2O), and a classical working memory task (a two-trial(More)
Nitrous oxide (N2O) effects were evaluated, as a behavioural model of inert gas narcosis, in rats performing a vigilance task in which they were required to respond to a slight luminous increment of the house-light. A dose-related decrease of correct responses was produced by the tested range of concentrations of N2O (from 30 to 70% N2O), with a parallel(More)
The aim of this study is to evaluate the effects of the acute and subchronic administration of the benzodiazepine clobazam (20 mg/kg orally) on the plasma levels of the pituitary hormones (prolactin, FSH and LH) in the male rat. This 1.5 benzodiazepine did not induce any variation of the hormone levels either after acute or subchronic administration. These(More)