Substance dependence arises from a maladaptive associative learning process in which drugs hijack the systems of the brain that are critical to detecting and responding to appropriate incentives. In the Associative Pharmacology Laboratory, we seek to understand how drugs of abuse warp associative learning and create behaviors that are resistant to change.
Current members of our research team, including collaborators, graduate and undergraduate students as well as former students who have gone on to bigger and better things.
Some of the recent studies we have published on the psychopharmacology of substance dependence.
Are you interested in addictions or behavioral neuroscience? We are usually accepting motivated and hard working students who want to participate in laboratory research.
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