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Paul Meyer, Ph.D.

MeyerPaulAssistant Professor
Ph.D. Oregon Health & Science University
B72 Park Hall
(716) 645-0263

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Summary of Research Interests

The overall research goal of my laboratory is to determine the precise role of the brain’s reward circuitry in appetitive learning and drug addiction, and how motivated behavior is controlled by reward‐associated stimuli (“cues”). To this end, my laboratory specializes in behavioral and in vivo neurophysiological techniques to study neural connections within reward‐related brain areas. Further, I am interested in how individual differences in the ability of cues to control motivated behavior are reflected by neural activity within this circuitry (specifically the ventral basal ganglia), and how genetic and environmental factors interact to influence the magnitude of these differences.

Representative Publications 

  • Meyer PJ, Lovic V, Saunders BT, Yager LM, Flagel SB, Morrow JD & Robinson TE (2012) “Quantifying individual variation in the propensity to attribute incentive salience to reward cues” PLoS One. 7 (6), e38987
  • Meyer PJ, Morgan MM, Kozell LB & Ingram SL (2009) “Contribution of dopamine receptors to periaqueductal gray-mediated antinociception” Psychopharmacology. 204: 531-540.
  • Meyer PJ, Meshul CK, & Phillips TJ (2009) “Ethanol- and cocaine-induced locomotion are genetically related to increases in accumbal dopamine” Genes, Brain, & Behavior. 8: 346-355.
  • Meyer PJ, Phillips TJ (2007) “Behavioral sensitization to ethanol does not results in cross-sensitization to NMDA antagonists” Psychopharmacology. 195: 103-115.
  • Meyer PJ, Phillips TJ (2003) “Sensitivity to ketamine, alone or in combination with ethanol, is altered in mice selectively bred for ethanol’s locomotor effects”. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. 27: 1701-1709.