Richard Lab

Dedicated to determining the neural underpinnings of affect and motivation.

The central goal of research in the Richard Lab is to understand how external cues and internal states act together to powerfully modulate motivated behaviors. Physiological and affective states modulate both positive and negative motivated behaviors in unexpected ways not well accounted for by current models. We aim to reveal the neural circuits underlying positively- and negatively-valenced motivated behaviors, and to determine how physiological and affective states, including withdrawal, stress, pleasure and arousal, impact this circuitry to modulate the intensity and form of cue-elicited motivational states and actions, especially in states related to drug and alcohol abuse.


Driven to determine the neural circuits driving motivated behavior?