Michelle Sylvia Gauthier

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The present study assessed alterations in mesolimbic enkephalin (ENK) mRNA levels after predator [2,5-dihydro-2,4,5-trimethylethiazoline (TMT)] and non-predator (butyric acid) odor encounter and/or light-dark (LD) testing in CD-1 mice immediately, 24, 48 and 168 h after the initial odor encounter and/or LD testing. The nucleus accumbens, ventral tegmental(More)
OBJECTIVE This study examined the effects of night vision goggles (NVGs) on navigation and way-finding performance and the acquisition of spatial knowledge. BACKGROUND Although numerous studies have examined the effects of NVGs on visual perception, few have examined the effects of using NVGs on the acquisition and expression of spatial cognition. (More)
The present investigation assessed the propensity of an acute psychogenic stressor exposure to induce behavioral change in paradigms assessing fear/anxiety (acoustic startle) and motivation/anhedonia (intracranial self-stimulation) in CD-1 mice. In the acoustic startle paradigm, a 10-min exposure of 2-4 month old mice (young adult mice) to fox odor(More)
Endogenous opioid peptide systems diminish stress-induced autonomic nervous system, neuroendocrine (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis) and behavioral responses, attenuating a collection of physiological symptoms basic to emotional and affective states. Neurogenic stressors may incite specific central changes in opioid peptide availability as well as(More)
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