Hannah V Morris

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Because GABA(A) receptors containing alpha2 subunits are highly represented in areas of the brain, such as nucleus accumbens (NAcc), frontal cortex, and amygdala, regions intimately involved in signaling motivation and reward, we hypothesized that manipulations of this receptor subtype would influence processing of rewards. Voltage-clamp recordings from(More)
Deletions of gria1 or gria2 genes encoding alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methylisoxazole-4-propionic-acid-receptor subunits differ in their effects on appetitive conditioning. The authors investigated whether similar differences would occur in an aversive conditioning test. The ability of a discrete stimulus paired with footshock to subsequently inhibit(More)
alpha2 subunit-containing GABA(A) receptors are involved in incentive learning associated with cocaine, and in cocaine addiction. Deletion of alpha2-containing receptors abolishes cocaine-induced behavioural sensitisation (BS), while selective activation of alpha2 receptors, achieved using Ro 15-4513's agonist properties in alpha2(H101R) mice, induced BS.(More)
Mice with point-mutated alpha2 GABAA receptor subunits (rendering them diazepam insensitive) are resistant to the anxiolytic-like effects of benzodiazepines (BZs) in unconditioned models of anxiety. We investigated the role of the alpha2 GABAA subtype in a model of conditioned anxiety. alpha2(H101R) and wildtype mice were trained in a conditioned emotional(More)
Benzodiazepines increase food intake, an effect attributed to their ability to enhance palatability. We investigated which GABA(A) receptor subtypes may be involved in mediating benzodiazepine-induced hyperphagia. The role of the alpha2 subtype was investigated by observing the effects of midazolam, on the behavioural satiety sequence in mice with targeted(More)
Distinct lines of evidence indicate that glutamate plays a primary role in modulating cognitive functions. Notably, competitive glutamate receptor antagonists acting at ionotropic N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) or metabotropic glutamate 5 (mGlu5) receptors impair cognitive performance. Conversely, nicotine and other psychostimulants stimulate glutamatergic(More)
There is evidence that nicotine-induced enhancements of cognition may persist for days or even weeks after the drug has been cleared, but the generality of this effect is not known. The objective was to determine the time course of nicotine's effects on performance of the five-choice serial reaction time task (5-CSRTT) when the drug is given acutely and(More)
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