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Fakultäten » Medizinische Fakultät » Psychiatrische Universitätsklinik » Psychiatrie, Psychotherapie und Psychosomatik, Klinik für » Prof. Dr. Daniel Hell (emeritiert) » Vollenweider

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Title / Titel The monotonic dependency of prepulse inhibition of the acoustic startle reflex on the intensity of the startle-eliciting stimulus.
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Summary / Zusammenfassung Prepulse inhibition (PPI) of the acoustic startle reflex is a translational behavioural paradigm for the assessment of sensorimotor gating deficit which has been demonstrated in a number of neuropsychiatric conditions. PPI refers to the reduction of the reflexive startle response to a 'pulse' stimulus when its presentation is shortly preceded by a weak 'prepulse' stimulus. We have recently examined the expression of PPI as a function of the startle-eliciting 'pulse' stimulus intensity in mice and in humans. One major discrepancy that emerged was the finding that healthy human subjects, unlike normal mice, did not show a clear monotonic reduction of PPI magnitude (as indexed by % reduction in startle reactivity) with increasingly intense pulse stimulus. This lack of correspondence between species may potentially weaken the translational power of the PPI paradigm. Here, we re-examined this issue in 31 healthy subjects across three levels of pulse stimulus intensity (95, 105 and 115 dB).
Publications / Publikationen Csomor PA, Yee BK, Quednow BB, Stadler RR, Feldon J, Vollenweider FX. 2006. The monotonic dependency of prepulse inhibition of the acoustic startle reflex on the intensity of the startle-eliciting stimulus. Behav Brain Res 174(1):143-150.
Keywords / Suchbegriffe Prepulse inhibition; Intensity; Sensorimotor gating; Startle; Human
Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
Dipl. Natw. ETH Philipp Csomor csomor@bli.uzh.ch
Prof. Dr. med. Franz Vollenweider (Project Leader) vollen@bli.uzh.ch
Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
Foundation
NARSAD (USA), Stiftung für Klinische Neuro-Psychiatrische Forschung,Bern
In collaboration with /
In Zusammenarbeit mit
Prof. J. Feldon, Dr. B. Yee, Laboratory of Behavioural Neurobiology, ETH Zurich Switzerland
Duration of Project / Projektdauer Jan 2006 to Dec 2006