Chana Akins

  • Professor
  • BNP
  • Psychology
207Q Kastle Hall
859.257.1103
Research Interests:
Research

I received my Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology in 1994 from the University of Texas, under the supervision of Michael Domjan. My dissertation research was on the conditioned anticipatory responses of male Japanese quail during sexual behavior. From 1994-1996, I continued this line of research as a postdoctoral fellow here at the University of Kentucky. I was hired as faculty after completion of my postdoctoral position, and am currently a Professor.

 

We currently have two primary areas of focus: 1) examining the role of drugs of abuse on sexual motivation, in particular risky sexual behavior; and 2) development of a novel alcohol model that will be used to examine how visual cues in the environment that get associated with alcohol, may later cause alcohol seeking and/or relapse.  Research in these areas involves studying the role of steroid hormones, stress hormones, and learning mechanisms.

 

For Interested Students: 

Students in my laboratory have an opportunity to acquire an intensive and enriched experience in basic behavioral research in a closely-mentored setting. While in my laboratory, students can expect to gain a strong background in the fundamentals of learning and psychopharmacology, a solid foundation of experimental design, and the establishment of a solid publication record. Emphasis on these basic skills is aimed to help students be more competitive on the job market upon graduation and is also specifically geared toward students who want to engage in more molecular and neuroscience techniques at the post-doctoral level.  In collaboration with other labs and/or as part of an allied area requirement, students may get the opportunity to gain more technical skills such as conducting hormone assays and other neurophysiological techniques.

 

Research Subjects--Japanese Quail (Coturnix japonica)

Japanese quail are ideally suited for our experiments in many ways. The birds readily engage in sexual behavior in the laboratory; their courtship and sexual responses are distinctive and easily identifiable; they can be maintained in reproductive readiness all year with proper photostimulation; and much is already known about the neurohormonal mechanisms of sexual behavior in this species. Japanese quail also have a well-developed visual system with color vision, unlike rodents. Because visual cues in the environment may often become associated with drug taking behavior and later lead to craving and relapse in humans, the bird model may provide us with additional information about the mechanisms of drug craving and relapse.

Selected Publications: 

PubMed Publications*: 
  • Akins, CK ;Bolin, BL ;Gill, KE "Cocaine preexposure enhances sexual conditioning and increases resistance to extinction in male Japanese quail." Learning & behavior (2017): Details. Full text
  • Gill, KE ;Rice, BA ;Akins, CK "Cocaine induces state-dependent learning of sexual conditioning in male Japanese quail." Physiology & behavior 138, (2015): 150-3. Details. Full text
  • Gill, KE ;Madison, FN ;Akins, CK "Cocaine-induced sensitization correlates with testosterone in male Japanese quail but not with estradiol in female Japanese quail." Hormones and behavior 67, (2015): 21-7. Details. Full text
  • Levi Bolin, B.;Singleton, DL ;Akins, CK "Pavlovian discriminative stimulus effects of methamphetamine in male Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica)." Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior 102, 1 (2014): 126-38. Details. Full text
  • Bolin, BL ;Cornett, HL ;Barnes, AF ;Gill, KE ;Akins, CK "Nicotine induces a conditioned place preference in male Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica)." Physiology & behavior 107, 3 (2012): 364-7. Details. Full text
  • Bolin, BL ;Akins, CK "Chronic pre-exposure to methamphetamine following 31 days of withdrawal impairs sexual performance but not sexual conditioning in male Japanese quail." Behavioural processes 91, 2 (2012): 177-83. Details. Full text
  • Rosine, BJ ;Levi Bolin, B.;Akins, CK "Chronic preexposure to methylphenidate cross-sensitizes methamphetamine in male Japanese quail." Behavioural pharmacology 20, 4 (2009): 352-5. Details. Full text
  • Bolin, BL ;Akins, CK "Methamphetamine impairs sexual motivation but not sexual performance in male Japanese quail." Experimental and clinical psychopharmacology 17, 1 (2009): 10-20. Details. Full text
  • Akins, CK ;Geary, EH "Cocaine-induced behavioral sensitization and conditioning in male Japanese quail." Pharmacology, biochemistry, and behavior 88, 4 (2008): 432-7. Details. Full text
  • Geary, EH ;Akins, CK "Cocaine sensitization in male quail: temporal, conditioning, and dose-dependent characteristics." Physiology & behavior 90, 5 (2007): 818-24. Details. Full text
  • Sun, W.;Akins, CK ;Mattingly, AE ;Rebec, GV "Ionotropic glutamate receptors in the ventral tegmental area regulate cocaine-seeking behavior in rats." Neuropsychopharmacology : official publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology 30, 11 (2005): 2073-81. Details. Full text
  • Levens, N.;Akins, CK "Chronic cocaine pretreatment facilitates Pavlovian sexual conditioning in male Japanese quail." Pharmacology, biochemistry, and behavior 79, 3 (2004): 451-7. Details. Full text
  • Akins, CK ;Levens, N.;Prather, R.;Cooper, B.;Fritz, T. "Dose-dependent cocaine place conditioning and D1 dopamine antagonist effects in male Japanese quail." Physiology & behavior 82, 2-3 (2004): 309-15. Details. Full text
  • Akins, CK ;Levens, N.;Bakondy, H. "The role of static features of males in the mate choice behavior of female Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica)." Behavioural processes 58, 1-2 (2002): 97-103. Details. Full text
  • Akins, CK ;Klein, ED ;Zentall, TR "Imitative learning in Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica) using the bidirectional control procedure." Animal learning & behavior 30, 3 (2002): 275-81. Details.
  • Levens, N.;Akins, CK "Cocaine induces conditioned place preference and increases locomotor activity in male Japanese quail." Pharmacology, biochemistry, and behavior 68, 1 (2001): 71-80. Details. Full text
  • Mace, DD ;Kraemer, PJ ;Akins, CK "Conditioned place preference in 12-day-old Japanese quail." Developmental psychobiology 31, 4 (1997): 245-54. Details.
  • Akins, CK ;Zentall, TR "Imitative learning in male Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica) using the two-action method." Journal of comparative psychology (Washington, D.C. : 1983) 110, 3 (1996): 316-20. Details. Full text
  • Akins, CK ;Domjan, M. "The topography of sexually conditioned behaviour: effects of a trace interval." The Quarterly journal of experimental psychology. B, Comparative and physiological psychology 49, 4 (1996): 346-56. Details.
  • Akins, CK ;Domjan, M.;Gutiérrez, G. "Topography of sexually conditioned behavior in male Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica) depends on the CS-US interval." Journal of experimental psychology. Animal behavior processes 20, 2 (1994): 199-209. Details. Full text
  • Crawford, LL ;Akins, CK ;Domjan, M. "Stimulus control of copulatory behavior in sexually naive male Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica): effects of test context and stimulus movement." Journal of comparative psychology (Washington, D.C. : 1983) 108, 3 (1994): 252-61. Details. Full text
  • Crawford, LL ;Akins, CK "Stimulus control of copulatory behavior in male Japanese quail." Poultry science 72, 4 (1993): 722-7. Details.
  • Rice, BA ;Tariq, R ;Akins, CK "Intramuscular Route of Administration Increases Potency in Eliciting Cocaine-Induced Behavioral Sensitization." Current psychopharmacology 6, 1 (0): 36-42. Details.
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