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Virginia Grant

B.A., M.A. Toronto, Ph.D. Memorial

Professor

 
Office: SN1073
Phone: (709) 864-8020
Email: virginia@play.psych.mun.ca
 
Affiliations: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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