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The objective of the present study was to examine both naturally occurring degrading events in axon terminals of the dentate gyrus and granule cell proliferation in the dentate gyrus of gerbils (Meriones unguiculatus) throughout postnatal life. For that purpose, (1) a selective silver staining technique was applied to analyze neuronal lysosome accumulation(More)
Male gerbils were bred and reared grouped under enriched semi-natural environmental conditions. The objective of the present study was to examine the influence of an acute treatment with the neuroleptic haloperidol on adult granule cell neurogenesis in the hippocampus. For that purpose, at the age of postnatal day 90 adult animals received 4 challenges of(More)
The objective of the present study was to examine whether acute treatment with the recreational drug methamphetamine influences adult granule cell proliferation in the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus. For that purpose, at the age of postnatal day 90 adult male gerbils (Meriones unguiculatus) received a single dose of either methamphetamine (25 mg/kg; i.p.)(More)
A single non-invasive dose of methamphetamine (50 mg/kg; i.p.) was administered to neonatal male gerbils (Meriones unguiculatus) aged 14 days. The first objective of the present study was to examine whether this early drug challenge, which has been shown to induce suppressive postnatal maturation of prefrontal dopamine (DA) innervation (Dawirs et al.,(More)
We examined cognitive predictors of coping with a negative life event. Women undergoing first-trimester abortion were, before the procedure, surveyed regarding their attributions for their pregnancy, expectations for coping, the meaningfulness of the pregnancy, and the degree to which the pregnancy was intended. After the abortion and again at a follow-up(More)
The effects of perceived cuteness of infant photographs on the behaviour of young adults was investigated. Looking, facial muscle activity, and skin conductance were measured during individual presentations of the photographs, whereas only looking was measured during paired presentations. Both measures of looking time were significantly affected by the(More)
The possibility that the self-fulfilling prophecy process can adversely affect the caregiving environment of premature infants was explored in this study. A portion of this process was investigated experimentally by assessing cognitive and behavioral reactions of 27 mothers to unfamiliar full-term infants who were labeled either full-term or premature.(More)
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