Faculty Research Interests

  • affect, cognition and their interactions with biological rhythms, sleep/arousal system
  • circadian rhythms in mammals
  • drug addiction, relapse and the brain
  • learning and memory systems that influence adaptive/maladaptive behaviors and underlying neurobiology
  • maternal caregiving and its regulation by steroid hormones, neuropeptides, and neurotransmitters
  • social behavior and the roles of vasopressin and oxytocin


 Labs & Research Projects

Recent Publications

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Bal, A., Gerena, J., Olekanma, D. I., & Arguello, A. A. (2019). Neuronal activation in orbitofrontal cortex subregions: Cfos expression following cue-induced reinstatement of cocaine-seeking behavior. Behavioral neuroscience133(5), 489-495.

Bredewold, R., & Veenema, A. H. (2018). Sex differences in the regulation of social and anxiety-related behaviors: insights from vasopressin and oxytocin brain systems. Current opinion in neurobiology49, 132-140.

Clark, S. L., Costin, B. N., Chan, R. F., Johnson, A. W., Xie, L., Jurmain, J. L., ... & Miles, M. F. (2018). A Whole Methylome Study of Ethanol Exposure in Brain and Blood: An Exploration of the Utility of Peripheral Blood as Proxy Tissue for Brain in Alcohol Methylation Studies. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research42(12), 2360-2368.

Fry, B. R., Russell, N., Gifford, R., Robles, C. F., Manning, C. E., Sawa, A., ... & Johnson, A. W. (2019). Assessing Reality Testing in Mice Through Dopamine-Dependent Associatively Evoked Processing of Absent Gustatory Stimuli. Schizophrenia bulletin.

Hodges, T. E., Eltahir, A. M., Patel, S., Bredewold, R., Veenema, A. H., & McCormick, C. M. (2019). Effects of oxytocin receptor antagonism on social function and corticosterone release after adolescent social instability in male rats. Hormones and behavior116, 104579.

Johnson, A. W. (2018). Characterizing ingestive behavior through licking microstructure: Underlying neurobiology and its use in the study of obesity in animal models. International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience64, 38-47.

LeMon, J. V., Sisk, C. L., Klump, K. L., & Johnson, A. W. (2019). Reduced sensitivity to devaluation for instrumental but not consummatory behaviors in binge eating prone rats. Physiology & behavior206, 13-21.

Lonstein, J. S. (2019). The dynamic serotonin system of the maternal brain. Archives of women's mental health22(2), 237-243.

Lonstein, J. S., Linning-Duffy, K., & Yan, L. (2019). Low daytime light intensity disrupts male copulatory behavior, and upregulates medial preoptic area steroid hormone and dopamine receptor expression, in a diurnal rodent model of Seasonal Affective Disorder. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience13.

Nunez, A. A., Yan, L., & Smale, L. (2018). the cost of Activity during the rest Phase: Animal Models and theoretical Perspectives. Frontiers in endocrinology9, 72-77.

Pawluski, J. L., Li, M., & Lonstein, J. S. (2019). Serotonin and motherhood: From molecules to mood. Frontiers in neuroendocrinology.

Smith, C. J., DiBenedictis, B. T., & Veenema, A. H. (2019). Comparing vasopressin and oxytocin fiber and receptor density patterns in the social behavior neural network: Implications for cross-system signaling. Frontiers in neuroendocrinology, 1-16.

Yan, L., Smale, L., & Nunez, A. A. (2018). Circadian and photic modulation of daily rhythms in diurnal mammals. European Journal of Neuroscience. 1-16.

Yan, L., Lonstein, J. S., & Nunez, A. A. (2018). Light as a modulator of emotion and cognition: lessons learned from studying a diurnal rodent. Hormones and behavior.