Emotion, Motivation, Reward, and Addiction

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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

  • Healey K, Landin J, Dubester K, Kibble S, Marquardt K, Brutman J, Davis J, Swartzwelder S, Chandler J. (2020) Effects of Ethanol on Plasma Ghrelin levels in the Rat During Early and Late Adolescence. Alcohol; Epub ahead of print. PMID: 31923560
  • Brutman J, Davis J, Sirohi S. (2020) Behavioral and Neurobiological Consequences of Hedonic Feeding on Alcohol Drinking. Curr Pharmaceutical Design; Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32026772
  • Higginbotham JA, Wang R, Richardson BD, Shiina H, Tan SM, Presker MA, Rossi DJ, Fuchs RA. (2020) CB1 receptor signaling modulates amygdalar plasticity during context-cocaine memory reconsolidation to promote subsequent cocaine seeking.  Journal of Neuroscience In Press
  • Higginbotham JA, Jones NM, Wang R, McLaughlin RJ, Fuchs RA. (2020) Basolateral amygdala CB1 receptors modulate HPA axis activation and context-cocaine memory strength during reconsolidation.  Neuropsychopharmacology In Press
  • Lebonville CL, Paniccia JE, Parekh SV, Wangler LM, Jones ME, Fuchs RA, Lysle DT. (2020) Expression of a heroin contextually conditioned immune effect in male rats requires CaMKIIα-expressing neurons in dorsal, but not ventral, subiculum and hippocampal CA1.  Brain Behav Immun. 89:414-422 PMID: 32717403 PMCID: PMC7572614
  • McLaughlin RJ, Fuchs RA. (2020) And the best stressed is…? A mechanistic analysis of sex differences in stress-potentiated cocaine-seeking behavior.  Neuropsychopharmacology 45(12):1961-1962 PMID: 32433525 PMCID: PMC7547005
  • Cuttler, C., Spradlin, A., Nusbaum A.T., Whitney, P., Hinson, J.M., McLaughlin, R.J. (2019) Joint effects of stress and chronic cannabis use on prospective memory Psychopharmacology 236(6), 1973-1983 doi: 10.1007/s00213-019-5184-9 PMID: 30762090
  • Freels, T.G., Baxter-Potter, L.N., Lugo, J.M., Glodosky, N.C., Wright, H.R., Baglot, S.L., Petrie, G.N., Yu, Z., Clowers, B.H., Cuttler, C., Fuchs, R.A., Hill, M.N., McLaughlin, R.J. (2019) Vaporized cannabis extracts have reinforcing properties and support conditioned drug-seeking behavior in rats bioRxiv 40(9):1897-1908. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2416-19.2020. Epub 2020 Jan 17. PMID: 31953372 PMCID: PMC7046447

Faculty working in this area

Rebecca M. Craft

Rebecca M. Craft

craft@wsu.edu

Dept of Psychology, WSU

Jon Davis

Jon Davis

jon.davis@wsu.edu

Assistant Professor

Accepting Graduate Students

Rita Fuchs Lokensgard

Rita Fuchs Lokensgard

rita.fuchs@wsu.edu

Professor & ADARP Director

Accepting Graduate Students

Michael Morgan

Michael Morgan

mmmorgan@wsu.edu

Professor, Psychology WSU Vancouver

David Rossi

David Rossi

david.rossi@wsu.edu

Associate Professor

Accepting Graduate Students

Steve M. Simasko

Steve M. Simasko

steve_simasko@wsu.edu

Professor and Chair, Director of Programs in Neuroscience

Barbara Sorg (Ingermann)

Barbara Sorg (Ingermann)

bsorg@downneurobiology.org

Professor, Legacy Research Institute, Portland, OR