Aversive stimulus properties of scopolamine.


The drug state produced in rats by intraperitoneal injections of scopolamine hydrobromide (1.2 mg/kg) was treated as a putative aversive US. This US was paired with a distinctive spatial location in a shuttle box for 6 of 12 daily sessions by confining the subject to one side following scopolamine and to the other side following saline (6 sessions). Two groups of 8 subjects each received zero and 20 min post-injection delays respectively. Following zero delay, but not 20 min delay, subjects avoided the side associated with scopolamine in drug-free, free choice tests. This is evidence that the immediate post-injection drug state induced by scopolamine is aversive.

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@article{MacMahon1981AversiveSP, title={Aversive stimulus properties of scopolamine.}, author={Stephen MacMahon and Neville Morris Blampied and Robert N. Hughes}, journal={Pharmacology, biochemistry, and behavior}, year={1981}, volume={15 3}, pages={389-92} }