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Laboratories

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Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory

Behavioral neuroscience laboratory, so called biological psychology laboratory, established at National Cheng-Chi University (NCCU), is hosted by Dr. Ruey-Ming Liao. He is currently a professor co-appointed in the Department of Psychology and the Institute of Neuroscience at NCCU. Several rodent animal models have been established in this laboratory, which are used to investigate the neural mechanisms of cognition and behavior via manipulating brain via neuro-pharmacological treatments. Major research findings from this laboratory in recent years include 1) the role of brain dopamine systems involved in behavioral inhibition and timing process, 2) neurobehavioral mechanisms of drug reward, 3) neurobehavioral mechanisms of stress and negative reinforcement, and 4) the neural circuitry that modulates dopamine systems. This laboratory aims to further delineate neural substrates and behavioral components of those already established animal behavior models as well as continuously develop the novel models. Combining the use of techniques of cellular/molecular biology, the application of theory developed in cognitive science, and the execution of integrative research, it is expected to encounter the bottleneck of the study of brain and behavior leading to have the breakthrough on elucidating the misery of our mind.
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