Joshua Beckmann

  • Assistant Professor, BNP
  • Psychology
Research Interests:

Our lab is focused on understanding the learning, memory, and decision-making processes that mediate reward-associated pathologies, like substance use disorder, gambling disorder, and obesity. Combining sophisticated behavioral measures (e.g., novel operant, Pavlovian, and drug self-administration procedures), state-of-the-art neuroscience techniques (e.g., in vivo electrochemical recordings and chemogenetics) and quantitative modeling (e.g., microeconomic, psychophysical, and machine learning approaches), we are investigating the neurobehavioral mechanisms that contribute to individual differences in vulnerability to and recovery from reward-related pathologies, including the neurobehavioral changes that occur during their development. Our goal is to identify novel mechanisms involved specifically in pathological reward-governed behavior that may then be targeted toward the development of more effective pharmacological and behavioral therapies.

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