Piracetam facilitates long-term memory for a passive avoidance task in chicks through a mechanism that requires a brain corticosteroid action.

@article{Loscertales1998PiracetamFL,
  title={Piracetam facilitates long-term memory for a passive avoidance task in chicks through a mechanism that requires a brain corticosteroid action.},
  author={Marı́a Loscertales and Steven Peter Russell Rose and Jonathan Niall Daisley and Carmen Sandi},
  journal={The European journal of neuroscience},
  year={1998},
  volume={10 7},
  pages={
          2238-43
        }
}
We investigated the effects of piracetam, a nootropic, on learning and memory formation for a passive avoidance task in day-old chicks. To test for the possible cognitive-enhancing properties of piracetam, a weak learning version of this task--whereby chicks maintain a memory to avoid pecking at a bead coated in a diluted aversant for up to 10 h--was used. Post-training (5, 30 or 60 min), but not pretraining, injections of piracetam (10 or 50 mg/kg, i.p.) increased recall for the task when the… CONTINUE READING
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