Mild forced treadmill exercise enhances spatial learning in the aged rat

@article{Albeck2006MildFT,
  title={Mild forced treadmill exercise enhances spatial learning in the aged rat},
  author={David S. Albeck and Kazuhiro Sano and Gayle E. Prewitt and Lori A. Dalton},
  journal={Behavioural Brain Research},
  year={2006},
  volume={168},
  pages={345-348}
}
This study addresses whether or not mild, forced treadmill exercise improves learning and increases neurotrophin levels in the basal forebrain (BF). Neurotrophin deficits in the BF have been implicated in Alzheimer's disease, and physical exercise increases neurotrophins. Aged rats exercised for 7 weeks found the hidden platform faster than controls (F(1, 10)=14.6, p<0.05), and swam shorter pathlengths (F(1, 10)=12.6, p<0.05), with no difference in swim speed. Neurotrophins did not differ. 

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