Christopher M Saenz

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This article summarizes a symposium organized and cochaired by Maria Testa and presented at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, in Santa Barbara, California. The symposium explored issues relevant to understanding the function of placebo conditions and to interpreting placebo effects. Cochair Mark Fillmore began with an overview(More)
OBJECTIVE In past alcohol administration studies, intoxicated college students have been more willing to have unprotected sex with a hypothetical new partner than sober or placebo students. The objective of the present research was to extend past work by examining the effects of gender, cognitive reserve, and partner risk on intoxicated sexual decision(More)
OBJECTIVE The effects of alcohol consumption, alcohol expectancy set and self-reported alcohol expectancies on college students' perceptions of a potential date rape situation were examined. It was hypothesized that the effects of alcohol consumption on perceptions of the likelihood of forced sex would be mediated by cognitive factors and perceived sexual(More)
Though growth hormone (GH) is synthesized by hippocampal neurons, where its expression is influenced by stress exposure, its function is poorly characterized. Here, we show that a regimen of chronic stress that impairs hippocampal function in rats also leads to a profound decrease in hippocampal GH levels. Restoration of hippocampal GH in the dorsal(More)
OBJECTIVE Past alcohol administration research has produced mixed findings regarding the role of acute alcohol consumption on sexual decision making. The purpose of this study was to evaluate a more complex theoretical model that places alcohol's acute effects in context, through the inclusion of background measures as well as affective and cognitive(More)
Past sexual victimization has been identified as a predictor of women's sexual risk-taking. In order to develop effective prevention and treatment programs, research is needed that examines perpetrators' characteristics. Thus, the goal of this study was to examine predictors of men's willingness to use coercive strategies to obtain sex without a condom.(More)
BACKGROUND Magnesium, the second most abundant intracellular cation, plays a key role in cellular metabolism. Even though hypomagnesemia has been demonstrated in patients with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes elsewhere, limited information exists from African patients with diabetes mellitus. METHODS This was a cross-sectional study to assess the prevalence(More)
Over the last decade neuroscientists have accumulated a wealth of information confirming the trophic effects of 17beta-estradiol (E2) on a variety of brain regions, such as the effects on hippocampal spine density, as well as other measures of structural reorganization. Here, we explore the hypothesis that E2 exerts a positive trophic effect on the(More)