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Virginia Grant

Room Number: SN1073
Telephone: (709) 737-8020
Email: virginia@play.psych.mun.ca
Unit: Behavioural Neuroscience

Research Interests

 

Drs. Grant and Revusky and student Jennifer Smith get a rat ready to run.

 


 

My general interest is in motivation and learning. Specifically, B. T. Lett-Revusky and I have been interested in activity anorexia in rats. This has led us to focus on the motivational effects of wheel running, the activity that produces activity anorexia. Wheel running has both rewarding and aversive effects; the rewarding effect may be mediated by endogenous opioids.

 

 

 

 

Publications

Sparkes, S., Grant, V. L., & Lett, B. T. (2003). Role of conditioned taste aversion in the development of activity anorexia. Appetite, 41, 161-165. [View Abstract]

Lett, B. T., Grant, V. L., & Koh, M. T. (2002). Delayed backward conditioning of place preference induced by wheel running in rats. Learning and Motivation, 33, 347-357. [View Abstract]

Lett, B. T., Grant, V. L., Koh, M. T., & Flynn, G. (2002). Prior experience with wheel running produces cross-tolerance to the rewarding effect of morphine. Pharmacology, Biochemistry, & Behavior, 72(1-2):101-5. [View Abstract]

Lett, B. T., Grant, V. L., Koh, M. T., & Smith, J. F. (2001). Wheel running simultaneously produces conditioned taste aversion and conditioned place preference in rats. Learning and Motivation, 32:129-136. [View Abstract]

Lett, B. T., Grant, V. L., Koh, M. T. (2001) Naloxone attenuates the conditioned place preference induced by wheel running in rats. Physiololgy and Behavior, 72, 355-358. [View Abstract]

Lett, B. T., Grant, V. L., Smith, J. F. & Koh, M. T. (2001) Preadaptation to the feeding schedule does not eliminate activity-based anorexia in rats. Q J Exp Psychol B., 54(3):193-9. [View Abstract]


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