Food Intake

Currently, the laboratory is examining how drinking sucrose solutions can be affected by neuropeptides in subregions of the paraventricular thalamus and the hypothalamus. By comparing these findings with those for alcohol drinking, we will be able to determine if ingestive behavior systems are universal or of they are specific for the substance being consumed.

Rats will escalate their intake of a sucrose solution when it is offered on a restricted access schedule.