Improvement of learning in the aged by modification of autonomic nervous system activity

Carl Eisdorfer, John Nowlin, Frances Wilkie

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Abstract

Partial blockade of beta-adrenergic end-organ response to the autonomic nervous system was effected in a group of older men by administration of propranolol. The result was improved performance in a learning task. The data support the hypothesis that the learning decrement found among older men is not simply a manifestation of structural change in the central nervous system but is, at least in part, associated with the heightened arousal of the autonomic nervous system that accompanies the learning task.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1327-1329
Number of pages3
JournalScience
Volume170
Issue number3964
StatePublished - Dec 1 1970
Externally publishedYes

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Autonomic Nervous System
Learning
Arousal
Propranolol
Adrenergic Agents
Central Nervous System

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Eisdorfer, C., Nowlin, J., & Wilkie, F. (1970). Improvement of learning in the aged by modification of autonomic nervous system activity. Science, 170(3964), 1327-1329.

Improvement of learning in the aged by modification of autonomic nervous system activity. / Eisdorfer, Carl; Nowlin, John; Wilkie, Frances.

In: Science, Vol. 170, No. 3964, 01.12.1970, p. 1327-1329.

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Eisdorfer, C, Nowlin, J & Wilkie, F 1970, 'Improvement of learning in the aged by modification of autonomic nervous system activity', Science, vol. 170, no. 3964, pp. 1327-1329.
Eisdorfer C, Nowlin J, Wilkie F. Improvement of learning in the aged by modification of autonomic nervous system activity. Science. 1970 Dec 1;170(3964):1327-1329.
Eisdorfer, Carl ; Nowlin, John ; Wilkie, Frances. / Improvement of learning in the aged by modification of autonomic nervous system activity. In: Science. 1970 ; Vol. 170, No. 3964. pp. 1327-1329.
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