Shelly D. Dickinson

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Presynaptic D2 dopamine (DA) autoreceptors, which are well known to modulate DA release, have recently been shown to regulate DA transporter (DAT) activity. To examine the effects of D2 DA receptor deficiency on DA release and DAT activity in dorsal striatum, we used mice genetically engineered to have two (D2+/+), one (D2+/-), or no (D2-/-) functional(More)
This experiment examined the impact of a dopamine receptor blocker on ethanol's rewarding effect in a place conditioning paradigm. DBA/2J mice received four pairings of a tactile stimulus with ethanol (2 g/kg, IP), haloperidol (0.1 mg/kg, IP)+ethanol, or haloperidol alone. A different stimulus was paired with saline. Ethanol produced increases in locomotor(More)
RATIONALE Self-administration studies have suggested that dopamine (DA) is important for the reinforcing effects of ethanol. However, ethanol place conditioning studies have less consistently demonstrated a role for DA in conditioned place preference. OBJECTIVES The purpose of the present study was to determine whether blockade of D(1), D(2) or D(3) DA(More)
A recent experiment (Risinger et al., Psychopharmacology, 107 (1992) 453-456) has shown that haloperidol does not prevent acquisition of ethanol-induced conditioned place preference, suggesting that dopaminergic mechanisms do not mediate the primary rewarding properties of ethanol. The present experiment examined whether haloperidol would prevent the(More)
Methodology is presented for constructing and using an electrode/microcannulae assembly that allows in vivo electrochemical measurements coupled with local application of dopamine (DA) and other chemicals in the unanesthetized freely-moving rat. Rats were implanted with a voltammetric electrode constructed of a carbon fiber sealed in fused silica tubing(More)
RATIONALE In previous comparisons with C57BL/6J mice, DBA/2J mice have been characterized as "hyporesponsive" to cocaine's rewarding effect in the conditioned place-preference paradigm. This finding contrasts with other studies showing greater sensitivity of DBA/2J mice to the rewarding effects of ethanol and morphine in the place conditioning task. (More)
Previous studies with rats exposed to altered ambient temperature (Ta) or with mice selectively bred for their thermal response to ethanol have shown that a reduced hypothermic response is correlated with decreased place aversion and greater place preference, respectively. The present experiment was designed to test whether alterations in Ta would alter(More)
Twenty-first-century biology is inherently interdisciplinary. Every aspect of biology, from molecules to organisms to ecosystems, is richly informed by the physical, mathematical, and computational sciences. Interdisciplinarity is a buzzword in biology education, and understandably so, for the major scientific challenges of the 21st century—climate change,(More)
In 2011 FUN celebrated 20 years of training tomorrow's neuroscientists today. Over the past two decades we've become an international organization of members dedicated to excellence in teaching and research at the undergraduate level. FUN has enacted its mission through our flagship journal JUNE, student travel awards, faculty awards, education workshops,(More)
BACKGROUND Many preclinical studies have demonstrated age-related differential sensitivity to various effects of ethanol between adolescent and adult animals. However, published data addressing possible differences in ethanol's motivational effects are sparse, particularly in mice. The present study examined age-related differences in the conditioned(More)