The study of memory modulation in infant rats has typically focused on reminder/retrieval treatments involving reexposure to components of the internal or external training context. Rarely have studies employed pharmacological treatments to investigate the neurochemical substrates of memory storage in preweanling rats. The present study investigated the effect of 100 mg/kg of glucose, a common memory modulator in adult mammals, on memory for passive-avoidance conditioning in 18-day-old Sprague-Dawley rats. Subjects that were administered an immediate post-training injection of glucose performed significantly better, on a retention test 24 h following training, than those animals that received saline. The glucose group also performed comparably to a control group that was tested 10 min following training. These results are consistent with those of the memory modulation literature in adults and suggest that the rapid rate of forgetting in immature organisms may be the result of a deficiency in a general memory modulatory system.
Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
Flint, Robert W.; Riccio, David C. (1999). Post-training Glucose Administration Attenuates Forgetting of Passive-Avoidance Conditioning in 18-Day-Old Rats. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory 72(1) 62-67. doi: 10.1006/nlme.1998.3906. Retrieved from https://oaks.kent.edu/psycpubs/37