Summers Lab

Laboratory of Molecular Neuropsychoecoendochemistry


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Research Interests
Our laboratory focuses on the impact of social and environmental stressors on molecular, neural and endocrine responses to influence adaptive behavior and activities like social interaction, learning, developing social rank relationships, depression, anxiety, biological rhythms, reproduction, and coping with stress. Of special interest are how and why individuals differ, and how responses are characterized temporally. The investigations include the connection between molecular, neural and endocrine responses and variability in the magnitude and way in which individuals respond to and cope with stress behaviorally. We have recently developed a new model that includes aggression, learned escape and conditioned submission. We are interested in elucidating the mechanisms by which experience modulates the responsiveness of neural and hormonal stress responses. We focus on the relationships of molecular genetics, physiology and anatomy with behavior, ecology and evolution.
Selected Lab Publications          A complete listing of Lab publications
Arendt DH, J Hassell, Hao Li, JK Achua, DJ Guarnieri, RJ DiLeone, PJ Ronan, and CH Summers 2014 Anxiolytic function of the orexin 2 / 
	hypocretin A receptor in the basolateral amygdala. Psychoneuroendocrinology 40C: 17-26

Carpenter RE and CH Summers 2009 Learning strategies during fear conditioning Neurobiology of Learning and Memory 91: 415-423

Korzan WJ, E Höglund, MJ Watt, GL Forster, Ø Øverli, JL Lukkes and CH Summers 2007 Memory of opponents is more potent than visual sign 
	stimuli after social hierarchy has been established. Behav Brain Res 183: 31-42

Ronan PJ, MP Gaikowski, SJ Hamilton, KJ Buhl and CH Summers 2007 Ammonia causes decreased brain monoamines in fathead minnows (Pimephales 
	promelas). Brain Res 1147: 184-191

Smith JP, JK Achua, TR Summers, PJ Ronan and CH Summers 2014 Neuropeptide S and BDNF gene expression in the amygdala are influenced by social
	decision-making under stress. Front Behav Neurosci 8:121: 1-13 doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2014.00121

Ten Eyck, GR, PJ Ronan, KJ Renner and CH Summers 2005 Serotonin metabolism in directly developing frog embryos during paternal care. 
	Neurosci Lett 388: 100-105

Waters RP, KJ Renner, CH Summers, MJ Watt, GL Forster, LG Koch, SL Britten, JG Swallow 2010 Selection for intrinsic endurance modifies endocrine 
	stress responsiveness Brain Res 1357: 53-61

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