Kevin Norman

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Stress experiences have been shown to be a risk factor for alcohol abuse in humans; however, a reliable mouse model using episodic social stress has yet to be developed. The current studies investigated the effects of mild and moderate social defeat protocols on plasma corticosterone, voluntary alcohol drinking, and motivation to drink alcohol. Outbred(More)
Both the opioid antagonist naltrexone and corticotropin-releasing factor type-1 receptor (CRF-R1) antagonists have been investigated for the treatment of alcoholism. The current study examines the combination of naltrexone and CP154526 to reduce intermittent access ethanol drinking [intermittent access to alcohol (IAA)] in C57BL/6J male mice, and if these(More)
Interactions between corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) and monoaminergic systems originating from the dorsal raphe nucleus (DR) and ventral tegmental area (VTA) have been implicated in the etiology and pathophysiology of several stress-related neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression and substance abuse. Sub-regions within the DR and VTA give rise(More)
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) gradually emerges and reaches clinical significance during early adulthood. Whether a predisposition for OCD manifests as binge eating disorder earlier during adolescence is proposed. To further characterize how OCD-like behaviors increase across maturation and to determine whether an OCD-like predisposition increases the(More)
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