Verbal Memory

  • Tomiki SumiyoshiEmail author
Part of the Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology book series (HEP, volume 228)


Verbal memory is impaired in neurological and psychiatric conditions and provides one of the main targets of intervention. Specifically, this cognitive domain has been shown to provide a major determinant of outcome in schizophrenia and mood disorders. Therefore, verbal memory disturbances should be focused in the development of novel pharmacological and psychosocial therapeutics. Effective integration between preclinical and clinical studies should provide a key to the pursuit of drugs enhancing verbal memory.


Verbal memory Learning memory Psychiatry Antipsychotic drugs Cognitive enhancers Functional outcome 



This work was supported by grants-in-aid for Scientific Research from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (No. 26461761), Health and Labour Sciences Research Grants for Comprehensive Research on Disability, Health, and Welfare (H24-Seishin-Ippan-002 and H26-Seishin-Ippan-011), and Intramural Research Grant for Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders of NCNP.

The author thanks Drs. Herbert Y. Meltzer, Philip D. Harvey, Richard Keefe, and Sohee Park for the discussions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Clinical Research PromotionNational Center of Neurology and PsychiatryTokyoJapan

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