Animal Research

We extended contagion, a form of magical thinking, to animate objects. Dogs with identical information were liked less and deemed less adoptable when this information included contact with an undesirable previous owner. The effect seemed to be modulated by a pity effect, however, when people were familiar with animal shelters. More

Executive function was examined in mice lesioned with MPTP. MPTP did not affect baseline performance of the tasks. When challenged with shorter cue durations, reaction times were slower in lesioned mice. When pre-cue times were doubled, MPTP mice increased impulsive responding. Prefrontal serortonin was the best predictor of impaired performance. More

OppNet, NIH’s Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network, announces its first FY2014 RFA: Short-term mentored career enhancement awards in the basic behavioral and social sciences: Cross-training at the intersection of animal models and human investigation (K18: RFA-DA-14-002) For more information visit: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DA-14-002.html Application due date: December 11, 2013, by More