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    Effects of donepezil on cognitive performance after sleep deprivation

    Dodds, C.M. and Bullmore, E.T. and Henson, R.N.A. and Christensen, S. and Miller, S. and Smith, Marie L. and Dewit, O. and Lawrence, P. and Nathan, P.J. (2011) Effects of donepezil on cognitive performance after sleep deprivation. Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental 26 (8), pp. 578-587. ISSN 0885-6222.

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    - Objectives: To identify tasks that were sensitive to a temporary decline in cognitive performance after sleep deprivation and to investigate the ability of the acetylcholinesterase inhibitor donepezil to reverse any sleep deprivation-induced impairment. - Methods: Thirty healthy volunteers were administered either a 5-mg daily dose of donepezil or placebo for 14–17 days, in a double-blind parallel group design, then underwent either 24 h sleep deprivation or a normal night of sleep in non-blinded crossover, and were subsequently tested on a battery of cognitive tasks designed to measure different components of memory and executive function. - Results: Sleep deprivation selectively impaired performance on several memory tasks whilst also impairing non-memory function on these tasks. Performance on other tasks was spared. Despite partially reversing the decline in subjective alertness associated with sleep deprivation, treatment with donepezil failed to significantly reverse the decline in cognitive performance on any of the tasks. - Conclusions: The results demonstrate the sensitivity of certain tests, particularly those that measure memory function, to cognitive impairment after sleep deprivation. The inability of donepezil to reverse this performance decline suggests that the sleep deprivation model of cognitive impairment may not be suitable for detecting pro-cognitive effects of cholinergic augmentation.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): donepezil, sleep deprivation, memory, executive function, cholinergic, cognitive
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 29 May 2013 18:48
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:04


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