How does arousal impact motivated behavior?

 

The laboratory employs a multidisciplinary approach to uncover the neural mechanisms involved in the regulation of arousal-related processes and motivated behavior in normal and pathological conditions.

In particular, we are interested in the extent to which noradrenergic, dopaminergic, and hypocretinergic systems orchestrate arousal and thereby influence sleep/wake function, stress, and reward/reinforcement mechanisms.