Behavioral Neuroscience and Neurophysiology Laboratories

Behavioral Neuroscience and Neurophysiology Laboratories

Perry N. Fuchs, Ph.D., Yuan Bo Peng, M.D., Ph.D., Qing Lin, M.D., Ph.D., & Linda I. Perrotti, Ph.D.

Background

The Behavioral Neuroscience and Neurophysiology Laboratories are a component of the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas at Arlington. The laboratories use modern behavioral and electrophysiological analyses to explore the underlying relationship between neuronal function and behavior. This integrative approach involves the use of molecular biology, biochemistry, immunocytohistochemistry, neurophysiology, anatomy, and a wide range of behavioral methodology to understand the function of the nervous system. Members of the neuroscience subprogram use these approaches to explore behavior, pain processing, learning and memory, anxiety, depression and mechanisms underlying drug abuse and addiction.

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Objectives

  • Exploration of the relationship between supraspinal and spinal processing of sensory and affective pain processing
  • Exploration of the relationship between pharmacological agents and learning and memory processes
  • Exploration of the relationship between brain function and modulation of fear and anxiety
  • Characterization of behavioral symptoms and altered brain, dorsal horn, and/or dorsal root ganglia physiology in various animal models of neuropathic and inflammatory pain
  • Development of novel telemetry system for recording action potentials and delivering focal electrical stimulation
  • To examine gender differences in addictive patterns of behaviors and underlying neural mechanisms
  • To explore the anatomical similarities between pain processing and reward circuitry
  • Investigation into the molecular mechanisms mediating the effects of stress in affective disorders

Examples of Laboratory Methodology

Cognitive Function

  • Morris Swim Test
  • 5-Choice Serial Reaction Test

Sensory Function

  • Mechanical and Thermal Quantitative Sensory Testing
  • Animal models of Neuropathic and Inflammatory Pain
  • Pre-Pulse Inhibition

Motor Function and Anxiety/Fear

  • Rotorod
  • Open Field Activity
  • Elevated Plus Maze
  • Light Enhanced Startle

Neurophysiology

  • Supraspinal, dorsal horn, peripheral nerve electrophysiology
  • In vivo microdialysis
  • Laser doppler quantification of peripheral blood flow
  • Whole-cell patch clamp in vitro recording

Drug Abuse

  • Conditioned Place Preference

Biochemical Analysis

  • Immunocytohistochemistry
  • ELISA
  • Radioimmunoassay

 

Contact Information

Dr. Perry Fuchs
817-272-3427
fuchs@uta.edu

Dr. Yuan Bo Peng
817-272-5222
ypeng@uta.edu 

Dr. Linda Perrotti
817-272-1202
perrotti@uta.edu 

Dr. Qing Lin
817-272-0154
qilin@uta.edu

Contacts:

  • Phone 817.272.2281
    Fax 817.272.2364

Address:

Department of Psychology, Box 19528, Arlington, Texas 76019
Questions about this site? Email: lazo@uta.edu

 

 

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