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

  • De Gregorio, D., McLaughlin, R.J., Posa, L., Ochoa-Sanchez, R., Enns, J., Lopez-Canul, M., Abooud, M., Maione, S., Comai, S., Gobbi, G. (2019) Cannabidiol modulates serotonergic transmission and reverses allodynia and anxiety in a model of neuropathic pain Pain 160(1), 136-150 PMID: 30157131 PMCID: PMC6319597
  • 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 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 791319
  • Brutman JN, Sirohi S, Davis JF. (2019) Examining the Impact of Estrogen on Binge Feeding, Food-Motivated Behavior, and Body Weight in Female Rats Obesity 1617-1626 PMID: 31411378
  • Sirohi S, Skripnikova E, Davis JF. (2019) Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy Attenuates Hedonic Feeding Without Impacting Alcohol Drinking in Rats Obesity (4):603-611 PMID: 30740914 PMCID: PMC6430654
  • Brutman JN, Zhou X, Zhang Y, Michal J, Stark B, Jiang Z, Davis JF. (2018) Mapping diet-induced alternative polyadenylation of hypothalamic transcripts in the obese rat Physiol Behav. 188:173-180. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2018.01.026. Epub 2018 Jan 31. PMID: 29391168
  • McLaughlin, R.J. (2018) Toward a Translationally Relevant Preclinical Model of Cannabis Use Neuropsychopharmacology 43(1): 213 PMID: 29192672 PMCID: PMC5719100
  • Berger, A.L., Henricks, A.M., Lugo, J.M., Wright, H.R., Warrick, C.R., Sticht, M.A., Morena, M., Laredo, S.A., Grandes, P.R., Parsons, L.H., Hillard, C.J., Hill, M.N., McLaughlin, R.J. (2018) The lateral habenula directs coping styles under conditions of stress via recruitment of the endocannabinoid system Biological Psychiatry 84(8), 611-623 PMID: 29887035 PMCID: PMC6162143

Faculty working in this area

Rebecca M. Craft

Rebecca M. Craft

craft@wsu.edu

Professor, Psychology

Jon Davis

Jon Davis

jon.davis@wsu.edu

Assistant Professor

Accepting Graduate Students

Rita Fuchs Lokensgard

Rita Fuchs Lokensgard

rita.fuchs@wsu.edu

Professor & ADA 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)

barbsorg@wsu.edu

Professor, Legacy Research Institute, Portland, OR