Research

The goal of our research is to understand the psychological and neurobiological underpinnings of motivated behaviour.  In particular, we study how individuals vary in aspects of addiction, impulsivity, and responsivness to Pavlovian cues.

 

There are three primary questions our research investigates:

 

1)  Can we identify variability in cue-motivated behaviour in people, and apply this knowledge to preventing and treating various adverse health conditions?

2)  Do variation in dopamine neurotransmission and dendritic signalling contribute to how strongly reward-associated cues motivate behaviour? 

3)  Can we develop new translational animal models of addiction that reflect the various ways people procure and take drugs?