Vasopressin analog (DDAVP) improves memory in human males

Bill E. Beckwith, Robert E. Till, Vicki Schneider

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One specific analog of arginine vasopression, 1-desamine-8-D-arginine vasopressin (DDAVP), has been shown to improve learning and memory in humans. Healthy young male adult subjects treated with DDAVP demonstrated better memory for implicational sentences than did control subjects. The same treatment had no influence on women given the same memory task. These results suggest that DDAVP may have a sexually dimorphic effect on learning and memory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)819-822
Number of pages4
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1984


  • Memory
  • Neuropeptide
  • Sex differences
  • Vasopressin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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