Experimental behavioural neuroscience

The line of research is threefold; 1) validation and use of the multivariate concentric square field™ (MCSF) test; a technique with an ethoexperimental approach that in one and the same test situation includes a variety of physical situations meaning risk, safety, exploratory incentives etc. that permit measurements of general activity, exploration, approach/avoidance in open versus sheltered areas and the motivation for seeking reinforcers. The purpose of the multivariate design is to illustrate a personality profile including how this profile is altered under various forms of challenges. The MCSF test is used for behavioural profiling of rats, mice and zebrafish. Studies on zebrafish are performed in collaboration with Dr S Winberg (Department of Neuroscience), 2) studies of the neurobiological basis for individual differences in risk-related behaviours and the association between voluntary alcohol intake, addiction processes and response to treatment, and 3) studies of individual differences in emotional and risk-related behaviors, and associations with impulsivity and gambling behavior, and underlying neurobiological correlates, including studies of the endogenous opioid system and brain activity using resting state fMRI.