Serotonin (5-hydoxytryptamine; 5-HT) has been implicated in the regulation of impulsivity, and high levels of impulsive behavior are associated with certain neuropsychiatric disorders. An important aspect of impulsive behavior is the inability to tolerate delays in reward. This study investigated the effects of the 5-HT(2A/C) receptor agonist DOI… (More)
Maladaptive levels of impulsivity are found in several neuropsychiatric disorders, such as ADHD, addiction, aggression and schizophrenia. Intolerance to delay-of-gratification, or delay-discounting, and deficits in impulse control are dissociable forms of impulsivity top-down controlled by the prefrontal cortex, with the ventral medial prefrontal cortex… (More)
Impulsivity is a multifactorial phenomenon, determined by deficits in decision-making (impulsive choice) and impulse control (impulsive action). Recent findings indicate that impulsive behaviour is not only top-down controlled by cortical areas, but also modulated at subcortical level. The nucleus accumbens (NAc) might be a key substrate in… (More)
Deficits in impulse control are prevalent in several neuropsychiatric disorders that are based on impaired frontostriatal communication. The ventral medial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) and the nucleus accumbens (NAc) are key substrates of impulse control in rats. The NAc core and shell are considered to be differentially involved suggesting a functional… (More)
High levels of impulsivity have been linked to a number of psychiatric disorders, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, drug abuse and schizophrenia. Additionally, schizophrenia patients commonly show deficits in another rather preattentive form of response inhibition, called sensorimotor gating. Given that higher-order functions, such as… (More)
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