Welcome to the Addiction and Memory Lab!

PI: Ryan T. LaLumiere

Our laboratory is part of the Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Area in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Iowa and part of the Iowa Neuroscience Institute. Our lab investigates the neural circuits mediating behavior with a focus on two related areas: The neurobiology of learning and memory and the neurobiology of drug addiction.

Our work focusing on learning and memory centers on the neural systems involved in the memory consolidation for different types of learning. In particular, our goal is to determine which connections between structures are critically involved in the consolidation of learning for different types of information as well as how different brain regions interact during the consolidation period. As part of this work, we use different types of behavioral tasks that enable us to tease apart the neural systems underlying different forms of cognitive learning.

In studying drug addiction, we are particularly interested in the neural circuits and systems underlying drug-seeking behavior in rats. We use a model of drug-seeking that incorporates drug self-administration followed by various measures of drug-seeking behavior, including extinction, reinstatement, and the incubation of drug craving. We use a variety of techniques to either manipulate those systems controlling such behavior or measure activity in multiple systems simultaneously to gain a better understanding for how they encode such behavior.

See our Research page for more information on both areas of research as well as other parts of this site to learn more about our lab.


Welcome to our newest graduate students Aspen Holm and Hudson Liu!