Faculty Advisor

Ryder, Elizabeth F.

Abstract

Impulsivity is a clinical symptom that has been implicated in numerous psychiatric and neurological disorders. Impulsivity is frequently observed in alcohol and opioid dependence in animal models. This study, in conjunction with UMass Medical School, attempted to extend these findings through the use of varying dosages of nicotine (acute administration) on Wistar Kyoto Rats. The paced Fixed Consecutive Number schedule was utilized to examine a specific component of impulsivity. Impulsivity levels were shown to significantly increase at higher nicotine dosages.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2003

Major

Biology

Major

Biology and Biotechnology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

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