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The basolateral complex of the amygdala (BLA) plays a significant role in affective behavior that is likely regulated by afferents from the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). Studies suggest that dopamine (DA) is a necessary component for production of appropriate affective responses. In this study, prefrontal cortical and sensory cortical [temporal area 3(More)
The basolateral amygdala (BLA) is believed to be involved in schizophrenia, depression, and other disorders that display affective components. The neuronal activity of the BLA, and BLA-mediated affective behaviors, are driven by sensory stimuli transmitted in part from sensory association cortical regions. These same behaviors may be regulated by prefrontal(More)
Pavlovian conditioning results when an innocuous stimulus, such as an odour, is paired with a behaviourally relevant stimulus, such as a foot-shock, so that eventually the former stimulus alone will elicit the behavioural response of the latter. The lateral nucleus of the amygdala (LAT) is necessary for the emotional memory formation in this paradigm.(More)
The amygdala plays a role in learning and memory processes that involve an emotional component. However, neural structures that regulate these amygdala-dependent processes are unknown. Previous studies indicate that regulation of affect may be imposed by the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and its efferents to the amygdala. The presentation of conditioned affective(More)
The basolateral amygdala (BLA) is implicated in responding to affective stimuli. Dopamine (DA) is released in the BLA during numerous conditions; however, the neurophysiological effects of DA in the BLA have not been examined in depth. In this study, the effects of DA receptor manipulation on spontaneous and afferent-driven neuronal firing were examined(More)
The basolateral amygdala (BLA) is a component of a system that drives and modulates affective behavior. Some forms of affective behavior are regulated by the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and enhanced by dopamine (DA). By using intracellular and extracellular electrophysiological techniques in anesthetized rats, our studies attempt to uncover cellular mechanisms(More)
Glutamatergic and dopaminergic systems play a primary role in frontal-subcortical circuits involved in motor and cognitive functions. Considerable evidence has emerged indicating that the complex interaction between these neurotransmitter systems within the dorsal striatum and nucleus accumbens is critically involved in the gating of information flow in(More)
Drug seeking and the vulnerability to relapse occur when individuals are exposed to an environment with sensory cues in which drug taking has occurred. Memory formation is thought to require plasticity in synaptic circuits, and so we examined whether the memory for a drug-paired environment correlates with changes in the synaptic circuits of the basolateral(More)
The amygdala plays a role in affective behaviors, which are modulated by the dopamine (DA) innervation of the basolateral amygdala complex (BLA). Although in vivo studies indicate that activation of DA receptors alters BLA neuronal activity, it is unclear whether DA exerts direct effects on BLA neurons or whether it acts via indirect effects on BLA(More)
The entorhinal cortex (EC) is a significant component of the systems that underlie certain forms of memory formation and recall. Evidence has been emerging that the dopaminergic system in the EC facilitates these and other functions of the EC. The effects of dopamine (DA) on membrane properties and excitability of EC neurons, however, are not known. We used(More)