Roles of Vasopressin and Oxytocin in Memory Processing

Roles of Vasopressin and Oxytocin in Memory Processing

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  • Author: Barbara McEwen
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080524511

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The Roles of Vasopressin and Oxytocin in Memory Processing reviews research progress in a subfield of Behavioral Pharmacology concerned with vasopressin’s (VP’s) and oxytocin (OT’s) roles in memory processing (MP). As hormones, VP is well-known for its pressor and antidiuretic action, and OT for its contribution to parturition and nursing. As neurotransmitters, they participate in a wide variety of self- and species-preserving functions expressed at psychological, physiological and behavioral levels. Advances in Pharmacology is available online on ScienceDirect — full-text online of volumes 48 onwards. Elsevier book series on ScienceDirect gives multiple users throughout an institution simultaneous online access to an important compliment to primary research. Digital delivery ensures users reliable, 24-hour access to the latest peer-reviewed content. The Elsevier book series are compiled and written by the most highly regarded authors in their fields and are selected from across the globe using Elsevier’s extensive researcher network. For more information about the Elsevier Book Series on ScienceDirect Program, please visit:

Key Features

* Comprehensive coverage of both alternative theories and relevant research
* Several key chapters reviewed by researchers whose studies and theories formed the subject matter of these chapters
* Basic laboratory research focus with potential application for understanding and treating human memory disorders


Pharmacology, Neuroscience, Neurochemistry, Experimental Psychology

Table of Contents

  • Preface
    General Introduction to Vasopressin (VP) and Oxytocin (OT): Structure/Metabolism,
    Evolutionary Aspects, Neural Pathway/Receptor Distribution and Functional Aspects Relevant to Memory Processing (MP)
    De Wied and Colleagues I: Evidence for a VP and OT Influence on MP: Launching the “VP/OT Central Memory Theory”
    De Wied and Colleagues II: Further Clarification of the Roles of VP and OT in MP
    De Wied and Colleagues III: Brain Sites and Transmitter Systems
    Involved in the VP and OT Influence on MP
    De Wied & Colleagues IV: Research into Mechanisms of Action by which VP and OT Influence MP
    The Research Studies of Koob and Colleagues: The “ VP/Dual Action
    Contributions of Sahgal and Colleagues: The “VP Central Arousal Theory”
    Role of Attentional Processing in Mediating VP’s Influence on MP
    Expansion of VP and OT Memory Research I: Effects of their Peripheral Administration on Learning and Memory
    Expansion of VP and OT Memory Research II: Brain Structures and
    Transmitter Systems Involved in VP’s and OT’s Effects on MP
    Expansion of VP and OT Memory Research III: Research Summary and Commentary on Theoretical and Methodological Issues
    Research Contributions of Dantzer, Bluthe and Colleagues to the Study
    of VP’s Role in Rodent Olfactory-Based Social Recognition Memory (SRM)
    Expansion of Olfactory-Based Social SRM Research: The Roles of VP
    and OT in SRM
    The Brain Fluid Barriers: Relevance for Theoretical Controversies Regarding VP/OT Memory Research
    Closing Remarks: Review and Commentary on Selected Aspects of VP’s and OT’s Roles in MP

Product details

  • No. of pages: 640
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2004
  • Published: August 23, 2004
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080524511

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Barbara McEwen

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Southern Connecticut State University, U.S.A.

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