Brain and Behavior has now published the fifth issue of 2012. The journal publishes research articles across all areas of neurology, neuroscience, psychology and psychiatry. Below are two top papers which our editorial team have highlighted. The cover image of this issue is taken from the first of these papers.
Behavioral testing in rodent models of orofacial neuropathic and inflammatory pain by Agnieszka Krzyzanowska and Carlos Avendaño
Abstract: This comprehensive review of the currently used rodent models of orofacial inflammatory and neuropathic pain examines the available testing methods and procedures used for assessing the behavioral responses in the face in both mice and rats. It also provides a summary of some pharmacological agents used in these paradigms and the use of these agents in animal models is also compared with outcomes observed in the clinic.
Prescription stimulants in individuals with and without attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: misuse, cognitive impact, and adverse effects by Shaheen E. Lakhan and Annette Kirchgessner
Abstract: Prescription stimulants are often used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Drugs like methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta), dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine), and dextroamphetamine-amphetamine (Adderall) help people with ADHD feel more focused. However, misuse of stimulants by ADHD and nonaffected individuals has dramatically increased over recent years based on students’ misconceptions or simple lack of knowledge of associated risks. Given the widespread belief that stimulants enhance performance, there are in fact only a few studies reporting the cognitive enhancing effects of stimulants in ADHD and nonaffected individuals. Moreover, these drugs are associated with dangers including myocardial infarction, cardiomyopathy, and even sudden death.
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