Principal Investigator


Jocelyn M. Richard, PhD

Jocelyn received her BA in psychobiology from Occidental College, where she worked in the lab of Nancy Dess, and completed her PhD at the University of Michigan in Kent Berridge's laboratory. Jocelyn conducted her postdoctoral work in the labs of Howard Fields at UC San Francisco, and Patricia Janak at Johns Hopkins University, where she focused on dissecting the functional contributions of activity in ventral pallidal neurons to reward seeking behavior. She is particularly interested in how signals related to learning, affect and physiological state are integrated in the brain to generate motivated behaviors. These questions are the focus of her lab's work at the University of Minnesota.


Research Technicians


Christelle Cayton

Christelle obtained her B.A. in Neuroscience Studies with a Psychology emphasis and a Biology minor from Macalester College.Her current research in the lab investigates the neural mechanisms underlying encoding of incentive value in reward and motivation pathways. In the future she plans to attend medical school and pursue a pediatric specialty. Her hobbies include yoga, ultimate frisbee, filmmaking and discovering new coffee shops.


MJ Carpio

MJ attended Macalester College with a major in Neuroscience Studies and an emphasis on Philosophy. She wrote her senior capstone on the value of philosophical analyses to epilepsy research (philosophy of neuroscience), and the value of studying epilepsy to philosophy of mind (neurophilosophy). In lab, MJ is currently studying the effects of alcohol dependence on cue-elicited behavior and incentive value encoding. She plans on pursuing a higher education in neuroscience. In the meantime, she is trying to learn as much about a few techniques used in addiction studies, such as behavioral training, machine learning, brain clearing, photometry, and optogenetics. For fun, MJ likes to read non-fiction, cook for people, explore state parks in Minnesota, and bike, amongst other activities.