Role of Neuropeptides in Memory

  • Aman U. Khan
Part of the Critical Issues in Psychiatry book series (CIPS)


Neurotransmitters, neuromodulators, and hormones are being studied extensively to determine their role in memory processes. The research in this area has become complicated with the increasing number of neuropeptides found in the brain. In addition to the classic neurotransmitters (acetylcholine, dopamine, serotonin, etc.), at least 30 to 40 new neuropeptides have been discovered in the last two decades. It is expected that 200 to 400 neuropeptides ultimately will be identified. Most of the neuropeptides so far studied appear to influence memory processes in some manner. Thus a single system of neuropeptides does not control memory processes. A brief review of the research is presented for each of the systems studied so far.


Cholinergic System Opioid Peptide Memory Consolidation Retrograde Amnesia Brain Serotonin 
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  • Aman U. Khan
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  1. 1.Southern Illinois University School of MedicineSpringfieldUSA

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