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dc.contributor.advisorDiaz-Granados, Jaime L.
dc.contributor.advisorMatthews, Douglas B.
dc.contributor.authorNovier, Adelle.
dc.date.accessioned2013-05-15T18:45:57Z
dc.date.available2013-05-15T18:45:57Z
dc.date.copyright2012-12
dc.date.issued2013-05-15
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2104/8588
dc.description.abstractAging in both humans and rodents appears to be accompanied by physiological changes that increase biological sensitivity to ethanol intoxication; however, animal models designed to investigate the behavioral significance of increased alcohol sensitivity have yet to be established. The present study sought to determine if acute ethanol administration produces differential effects on motor coordination and spatial performance in adult and aged rats. Findings revealed a dramatic increase in ethanol induced ataxia and cognitive impairment in aged animals relative to young adults as evaluated by several behavioral tasks. Importantly, the heightened deficits seen in aged animals were not due to differential blood ethanol levels. Possible neurophysiological mechanisms are proposed to explain the age-related increase in sensitivity to motor- and cognitive-impairing effects of ethanol. Given the high prevalence of alcohol use among the elderly, increased vulnerability to alcohol-induced deficits may have a profound effect on injury and quality of life in this population.en_US
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dc.rightsBaylor University theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. Contact librarywebmaster@baylor.edu for inquiries about permission.en_US
dc.subjectAlcohol.en_US
dc.subjectAging.en_US
dc.subjectAccelerating rotarod.en_US
dc.subjectMorris water maze.en_US
dc.titleAcute alcohol produces ataxia and cognitive impairments in aged animals : a comparison between young adults and aged rats.en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeM.A.en_US
dc.rights.accessrightsWorldwide accessen_US
dc.contributor.departmentPsychology and Neuroscience.en_US
dc.contributor.schoolsBaylor University. Dept. of Psychology and Neuroscience.en_US


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