Basic and Applied Memory Research: Practical Applications - Vol. 2

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CHAPTER THIRTY-ONE Conceptual and Practical Issues in the Development and Assessment of Drugs That Would Enhance Cognition

H. J. Weingartner
D. Hommer
Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neurosciences Sections of Laboratory of Clinical Studies, NIAAA

S. Molchan
Section on Geriatric Psychopharmacology, Laboratory of Clinical Science, NIMH

A. Raskin
Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland

J. K. Robinson
Department of Psychology, State University of New York at Stony Brook

T. Sunderland
Section on Geriatric Psychopharmacology, Laboratory of Clinical Science, NIMH

Impairments in memory and related cognitive functions are common to a wide array of neuropsychiatric syndromes as well as the result of highly varied environmental conditions. It is therefore not surprising that the determinants of these many forms of impaired memory are also quite varied. Likewise, no single type of treatment is likely to be useful for all forms of memory impairment.

During the past several decades clinicians, as well as basic memory researchers, have developed both the tools and some of the knowledge that have allowed them to begin to develop effective remediation strategies for reversing impairments in memory. Pertinent knowledge and theory necessary for developing "memory enhancers" comes from many disciplines. For

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