Erin Bresnahan

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Young (3-months) and aged (24-months) male F-344 rats were pretrained in one-way active avoidance in a straight runway for 3 days. Then two 10-trial daily sessions were given in a 14-unit T-maze in which the response requirement was to negotiate each of 5 maze segments within 10 s to avoid footshock. One day or one week after acquisition, bilateral(More)
We have developed the Stone maze paradigm for use as a rat model of memory impairment observed in normal aging and in Alzheimer's disease. Evidence produced thus far clearly implicates both the cholinergic and glutamatergic systems in acquisition performance in this complex maze task. Although results have been very inconsistent regarding the cognitive(More)
Young male F-344 rats, pretrained in a straight runway to avoid shock, were then trained in a shock-motivated 14-unit T-maze. One day after maze acquisition, extensive parietal cortex lesions (PC) or sham operations (CON) were performed to assess possible involvement of parietal cortex in the age-related impairment previously observed in this task. Twelve(More)
To determine the involvement of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor in shock-motivated complex maze performance, the drug dizocilpine (DIZO; a.k.a. MK-801) was administered a) to naive, 3-month-old male F-344 rats prior to acquisition (AQ) in the 14-unit T-maze (Experiment 1), and b) to well-trained 11-month-old male F-344 rats prior to testing in a(More)
A new avoidance-motivated detour-maze in which memory for an immediately preceding sample event could be assessed was evaluated by testing seven 6-month-old male F-344 rats with a delayed matching-to-sample (DMTS) paradigm. Rats first received extensive pretraining with this paradigm over several months and after a minimum of 1,390 choice-trials(More)
BACKGROUND The healthcare industry is currently experiencing a severe shortage of nurses and other allied healthcare professionals. To compound this crisis, the current workforce does not mirror the growing linguistic and cultural diversity of the population needing health care. This article describes a community partnership approach to creating educational(More)
Septohippocampal cholinergic system involvement in acquisition of an aversively motivated 14-unit T-maze was evaluated in 4-month-old male Fischer-344 rats. Each rat was assigned to one of two groups that received either a bilateral electrolytic lesion to the medial septal area (MSA) or a sham operation. One week after surgery, each rat began pretraining in(More)
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