Dopaminergic challenge with bromocriptine one month after mild traumatic brain injury: Altered working memory and bold response

Thomas W. McAllister, Laura A. Flashman, Brenna C. Mcdonald, Richard B. Ferrell, Tor D. Tosteson, Norman N. Yanofsky, Margaret R. Grove, Andrew J. Saykin

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Catecholamines, particularly dopamine, modulate working memory (WM). Altered sensitivity to dopamine might play a role in WM changes observed after traumatic brain injury (TBI). Thirty-one healthy controls (HC) and 26 individuals with mild TBI (MTBI) 1 month after injury were challenged with bromocriptine versus placebo before administration of a verbal WM functional MRI task. Bromocriptine was associated with improved WM performance in the HC but not the MTBI group. On bromocriptine, the MTBI group showed increased activation outside of a task-specific region of interest. Findings are consistent with the hypothesis that individuals with MTBI have altered responsivity to dopamine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-286
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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