Intracerebroventricular injection of 5,7-dihydroxytryptamine (5,7-DHT) (150 μg; 4.5 μl/ventricle), a serotonergic neurotoxin, significantly decreased spontaneous alternation in Y-maze task and working memory in radial 8 arm-maze task, suggesting effects on short-term memory, without affecting long-term memory, explored by reference memory in radial 8 arm-maze task and step-through latency in multi-trial passive avoidance task. Parachlorophenylalanine (PCPA) (3 days treatment 200 μg, i.c.v.), a serotonin synthesis inhibitor, did not impair step-through-latency in multi-trial passive avoidance task, suggesting no effects on long-term memory. These results suggest that serotonin, among other neurotransmitters, play an important role in cognitive functions, especially short-term memory.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
- Behavioral Neuroscience