The Effect of a Neurotoxic Dose of Methamphetamine on Attention and Response Learning in the Rat

Kremer, Anja (2015) The Effect of a Neurotoxic Dose of Methamphetamine on Attention and Response Learning in the Rat. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Karen Sabol from Psychology, University of Mississippi.

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Abstract

High doses of methamphetamine (neurotoxic doses) have been shown to have an effect on both attention and response learning. In previous literature, meth rats were found to have higher reaction times, and therefore, it has been concluded that meth may cause a deficit in response learning. Our study, using modal initiation time as a measure of response learning, found no effects of methamphetamine or training condition on mode. Studies have also shown positively skewed reaction time distributions, which have been defined as attentional lapses. Our experiment used DevMode to measure these lapses. Although meth did not, training condition did have a main effect on DevMode. Therefore, one may conclude that stimulus salience did have an effect on attention. It is still unclear what the effects of neurotoxic meth are on attention.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Kremer, Anja
Student's Degree Program(s): Psychology
Thesis Advisor: Karen Sabol
Thesis Advisor's Department: Psychology
Institution: University of Mississippi
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Depositing User: Anja K. Kremer
Date Deposited: 07 May 2015 21:47
Last Modified: 07 May 2015 21:47
URI: http://thesis.honors.olemiss.edu/id/eprint/404

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