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Can administration of glucose facilitate memory processes?

Sünram-Lea, Sandra I. and Foster, J. K. (2003) Can administration of glucose facilitate memory processes? Journal of International Neuropsychological Society, 9 (4). p. 531. ISSN 1355-6177

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Abstract

The brain has a very high rate of energy consumption relative to its size, and requires a ready supply of ‘fuel’. Glucose is the major fuel for the brain, and the continuous delivery of glucose via the bloodstream is essential for the normal functioning of the central nervous system. The relationship between normal brain functioning and glucose has been well established for many years. However, it was not until relatively recently that systematic investigations into the cognitive effects of variations in blood glucose levels were begun. Over the past decade, it has been clearly demonstrated that changes in blood glucose levels can affect memory processes. We here present some of our studies that have investigated whether the administration of glucose (and its primary biochemical reagent—oxygen) can significantly facilitate memory processes in healthy, young individuals. The implications of our findings for the cognitive neuroscience of memory will also be considered.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of International Neuropsychological Society
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 18780
Deposited By: ep_ss_importer
Deposited On: 03 Nov 2008 16:57
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 20:22
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/18780

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