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The focus of our laboratory is to apply methods of behavioral neuroscience towards the study of drug addiction and obesity. Using an animal model, our goal is to reveal the neural and behavioral nature of the motivational processes underlying actions of drugs of abuse and natural rewards, such as food and voluntary physical activity. More specifically, we examine how these rewarding substances and experiences interact to produce dysregulated unhealthy behaviors.  Our research addresses these concerns and questions through an integrative approach of behavioral, pharmacological, and molecular biological techniques.