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Behavioral Neuroscience approach to investigating the neural substrates of addiction and feeding-related behaviors


The focus of my laboratory is to apply methods of behavioral neuroscience towards the study of drug addiction and obesity. Using an animal model, we attempt to reveal the neural substrates that underlie the reinforcement process that contributes to the intake of addictive drugs and natural rewards, such as food. We also investigate the phenomenon by which exposure to environmental stress can augment the reinforcing value of both drugs of abuse and food. Our research addresses these concerns and questions through an integrative approach of behavioral, pharmacological, and molecular biological techniques.