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Processing Aggression, Fear and Reward: Effects of Development, Learning and Memory

"Processing Aggression, Fear and Reward: Effects of Development, Learning and Memory"

Abstract: Early psychosocial or environmental insult combined with genetic vulnerability can have long lasting consequences on development. Using an animal model of social subjugation and ethanol exposure, data will be presented showing childhood and early adolescence to be both vulnerable and resilient periods of development altering brain chemistry, neuroendocrinology and future behavior. As behavior is context dependent, perception of the environment plays a key role in approach and avoidance. Functional imaging data in awake animals will be presented on aggressive motivation and the non-genomic effects of stress hormone. The talk will close on the discussion of Fragile X Syndrome and dysfunction in reward processing as gleaned from imaging awake transgenic rats exposed to multiple environmental stimuli.

Thursday, October 10, 2013
4:15 p.m., 127 Moore Building