Mahsa Moaddab

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Oxytocin modulates reward-related behaviors. The nucleus accumbens shell (NAcSh) is a major relay in the brain reward pathway and expresses oxytocin receptors, but the effects of oxytocin on the activity of NAcSh neurons in vivo are unknown. Hence, we used in vivo extracellular recording to show that intracerebroventricular (ICV) oxytocin administration(More)
Drug addiction is characterized by drug-seeking and drug-taking and has devastating consequences on addicts as well as on society. Environmental contexts previously associated with drug use can elicit continued drug use and facilitate relapse. Accumulating evidence suggests that the neuropeptide oxytocin might be a potential treatment for behavioral(More)
Adolescent alcohol drinking increases the risk for alcohol-use disorder in adulthood. Yet, the changes in adult neural function resulting from adolescent alcohol drinking remain poorly understood. We hypothesized that adolescent alcohol drinking alters basolateral amygdala (BLA) function, making alcohol drinking BLA-dependent in adulthood. Male, Long Evans(More)
Computed tomography represents an effective and highly automated method to display biomedical data from many sources. It has a number of advantages over previous reconstruction methods, particularly the ability to automatically locate object-boundary outlines and produce shaded three-dimensional images of reconstructed data. A three-dimensional(More)
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