Sleep and Arousal

Appropriate arousal regulation is critical for normal cognitive and affective function and for the expression of a variety of behaviors. Research in the lab is focused on elucidating the arousal processes that underlie the regulation of motivated behavior and the extent to which dopaminergic, noradrenergic, and hypocretinergic systems participate in these actions.

 

Multiple neurotransmistter systems participate in the orchestration of arousal

   
Dopamine signaling can be measured during sleep/wake recordings HCRT peptides exert rapid wake-promoting effects