Richard De la Garza

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The current experiments examined the effects of acute or repeated, intermittent administrations of cocaine on the acquisition and reversal of object discriminations by Vervet monkeys in order to test the hypothesis that cocaine treatment affects performance of tasks that depend upon the functions of the orbitofrontal cortex and amygdala. An acute dose of(More)
Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats exhibit hyperresponsive neuroendocrine and behavioral responses to stress that exceed normal controls and are especially prone to develop stress-induced depressive disorder. Pharmacological studies indicate altered serotonin (5-HT), norepinephrine (NE) and dopamine (DA) systems functioning in WKY rats, yet no attempt has been made to(More)
The stimulant effects of cocaine and methamphetamine are mediated by changes in synaptic concentrations of brain monoamines; however, the drugs alter monoamine levels via different mechanisms. This study examined the subjective and cardiovascular responses produced by investigational administration of cocaine or methamphetamine, in order to examine the(More)
Bupropion is an antidepressant with stimulant properties, which inhibits the reuptake of dopamine (DA) and norepinepherine, and is purported to enhance DA neurotransmission. Bupropion is considered an appealing candidate medication for the treatment of methamphetamine dependence. The current laboratory study was set forth to assess the impact of bupropion(More)
3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) and methamphetamine (METH) are amphetamine analogues with similar persistent neurochemical effects in the mouse which some have described as neurotoxicity. We attempted to identify dose regimens of MDMA and METH with similar effects on behavioral and physiological variables in the mouse, then quantified the effects(More)
Serotonin type-3 (5-HT3) receptors modulate both dopamine (DA) release and locomotor stimulation induced by cocaine, yet appear to be ineffective at blocking its stimulus and reinforcing effects. To more thoroughly characterize a potential modulatory role of 5-HT3 receptors in the stimulus effects of cocaine, rats (n = 8/group) were trained to discriminate(More)
The main aim of this study was to assess self-reported craving and physiological reactivity in a methamphetamine virtual reality (METH-VR) cue model created using Second Life, a freely available online gaming platform. Seventeen, non-treatment seeking, individuals that abuse methamphetamine (METH) completed this 1-day, outpatient, within-subjects study.(More)
Four rhesus monkeys were maintained under a FR 10 schedule of cocaine (0.1 mg/kg) or procaine (0.4 or 1.6 mg/kg) delivery. Haloperidol (0.01-0.08 mg/kg), physostigmine (0.0125-0.1 mg/kg) or saline treatments were administered prior to sessions in which responding was maintained by each of these drugs. Haloperidol produced dose-related increases in the(More)
In humans, exposure to endotoxins or pro-inflammatory cytokines induces a number of neuropsychological symptoms collectively referred to as 'flu-like syndrome'. The degree of overlap between flu-like syndrome and major depressive disorder is considerable and a close linkage between these has been predicted to arise due to hypersecretion of endogenous(More)
Five pigeons were trained to discriminate IM injections of oxazepam (4.0 mg/kg) from vehicle with responding maintained under a fixed-ratio 30 schedule of food delivery. Under test conditions, responding increased in a dose-dependent manner in all pigeons after the administration of other benzodiazepines including diazepam (0.01-1.0 mg/kg), temazepam(More)