Emotion, Motivation, Reward, and Addiction

Emotion, Motivation, Reward, and Addiction

The study of the neural systems that underlie emotion, motivation and reward, with particular focus on circuit level interactions between these systems. Research is focused on understanding the mechanisms that drive behavior, and how these systems explain the process of addiction.

Recent research in this area

  1. Henricks, A.M., Berger, A.L., Lugo, J.M., Baxter-Potter, L.N., Bieniasz, K.V., Craft, R.M., McLaughlin, R.J. (2016). Sex differences in alcohol consumption and alterations in nucleus accumbens endocannabinoid mRNA in alcohol-dependent rats. Neuroscience, 335, 195-206. PMID: 27578612
  2. Amy A Arguello, Ben D Richardson, Jacob L Hall, Rong Wang, Matthew A Hodges, Marshall P Mitchell, Garret D Stuber, David J Rossi and Rita A Fuchs (2016). Role of a Lateral Orbital Frontal Cortex-Basolateral Amygdala Circuit in Cue-Induced Cocaine-Seeking Behavior. Neuropsychopharmacology. doi: 10.1038/npp.2016.157. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27534268
  3. Marusich JA, Craft RM, Lefever TW, Wiley JL  (2015). The impact of gonadal hormones on cannabinoid dependence. Exp Clin Psychopharm 23:206-216. PMCID: PMC4696547
  4. Guo R, Simasko SM, Jansen HT (2016). Chronic Alcohol Consumption in Rats Leads to Desynchrony in Diurnal Rhythms and Molecular Clocks. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 40(2):291-300. doi: 10.1111/acer.12944. PMID: 26842248
  5. Kissler JL, Walker BM (2016). Dissociating motivational from physiological withdrawal in alcohol dependence: role of central amygdala κ-opioid receptors. Neuropsychopharmacology, 41, 2, 560-567. PMID: 26105136

Faculty working in this area

Churchill, Lynn

Associate Research Professor

Fuchs, Rita

Associate Professor & ADA Director

Panksepp, Jaak

Baily Endowed Chair, Professor

Simasko, Steve

Professor and Chair, Director, Program in Neuroscience