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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 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) plays an important role in the formation of associations between context and drug. BLA activity and BLA-dependent drug-seeking behavior are driven by excitatory inputs. Drug-seeking behavior driven by context involves participation of the BLA, and plasticity of excitatory inputs to the BLA may contribute to this behavior. In(More)
Chronic stress is a precipitating factor for affective disorders such as depression and anxiety. This is associated with the effects of chronic stress on the amygdala. Adolescents may be more vulnerable to the effects of chronic stress, which may be related to its impact on amygdala function. However, the stress-induced changes in amygdala neuronal(More)
Repeated stress can elicit symptoms of depression and anxiety. The amygdala is a significant contributor to the expression of emotion and the basolateral amygdala (BLA) is a major target for the effects of stress on emotion. The adolescent time period may be particularly susceptible to the effects of stress on emotion. While repeated stress has been(More)
Chronic stress exacerbates and can induce symptoms of depression and anxiety disorders. Chronic stress causes amygdala hyperactivity, which may contribute to these detrimental effects. One potential mechanism for amygdala hyperactivity is an increase of excitatory drive after stress. Excitatory inputs to the amygdala predominantly synapse upon dendritic(More)
The amygdala has a fundamental role in driving affective behaviors in response to sensory cues. To accomplish this, neurons of the lateral nucleus (LAT) must integrate a large number of synaptic inputs. A wide range of factors influence synaptic integration, including membrane potential, voltage-gated ion channels and GABAergic inhibition. However, little(More)
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