Paper Out! Taste and alcohol intake.

Congratulations to Dr. Greg Loney on his first Meyerlab paper! It is now published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, and is titled “Brief Exposures to the Taste of Ethanol (EtOH) and Quinine Promote Subsequent Acceptance of EtOH in a Paradigm that Minimizes Postingestive Consequences”. In it, Greg demonstrates that increases in alcohol drinking is facilitated by … More Paper Out! Taste and alcohol intake.

Paper out! Kyle, Marina, and Cagla

Congratulations to Kyle Pasquariello, Marina Han, and Cagla Unal on their paper accepted in Behavioral Brain Research, titled “Adrenergic Manipulation Inhibits Pavlovian Conditioned Approach Behaviors”. In it, they show that drugs that modify the norepinephrine system preferentially reduce sign-tracking compared to goal-tracking. A pre-production version of paper can be found here. Congrats all!

Thank you, NIDA interns!

We have had a great and productive summer thanks to the interns provided by NIDA. Cagla Unal and Marina Han come to us under the auspices of the Research Experiences for High-school and Undergraduate students (REHU; see for more information).  Cagla attends the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she will be a sophomore. Marina is from California … More Thank you, NIDA interns!

Matriculating students!

Congratulations to Jordan Tripi and Nathaniel Roberson who have moved on to the next stage in their careers! — Jordan will be joining the Meyerlab as its newest Ph.D. student, after having completing her master’s project, titled “Individual differences in food cue responsivity are associated with acute and repeated cocaine-induced vocalizations, but not cue-induced vocalizations”. … More Matriculating students!

Paper by Cassi and Chris is published in Psychopharmacology!

The paper, “The tendency to sign-track predicts cue-induced reinstatement during nicotine self-administration, and is enhanced by nicotine but not ethanol“, examined the relationship between Pavlovian conditioned approach (PavCA) and the response to nicotine and alcohol in operant and Pavlovian paradigms.  Cassi found that nicotine (the black dots on the right vs saline-treated white dots), but not … More Paper by Cassi and Chris is published in Psychopharmacology!

Chris King’s paper published in Psychopharmacology

The paper, “Premature responding is associated with approach to a food cue in male and female heterogeneous stock rats“, examined the relationship between Pavlovian conditioned approach (PavCA) and choice reaction time (CRT) behaviors in a group of 48 heterogeneous stock rats.  Chris found that action impulsivity and sign-tracking were related, and also found substantial sex differences in … More Chris King’s paper published in Psychopharmacology

James Catlin to matriculate into UB’s Biological Sciences Ph.D. program

Congratulations to James Catlin, who will be returning to UB! After a stint at the University of Florida, where he worked with Dr. Sylvain Doré on traumatic brain injury, James Catlin has accepted an offer to continue his work in the Biological Sciences program at UB.  As an undergraduate, James was a honors student in Biological Sciences at UB, and worked in … More James Catlin to matriculate into UB’s Biological Sciences Ph.D. program

Laketta Jackson to work for Teach for America

Congratulations to our former undergraduate student, Laketta Jackson, on her offer from Teach for America!  Laketta worked with us under the auspices of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP). Teach for America is a nonprofit organization that recruits recent college graduates to teach elementary and high school to kid in low-income communities.  Congrats Laketta!

Parts of the Buffalo

They say that the Great Plains tribes, including the Sioux, wasted no part of the buffalo (see reidsguides for a nice article). Besides the meat, hides were used for clothes, horns and bones used for tools and weapons, bladders for canteens, tails as flyswatters, testicles for baby rattles (!), and dried dung for fuel. In our … More Parts of the Buffalo