March 30, 2010
PULLMAN – A team of WSU professors and students is working to prove environmental factors, such as the light/dark cycle, may dictate pleasure-seeking behavior – even in rodents.
“Behavior, whether in humans or animals, is organized partly by environmental surroundings,” said Heiko Jansen, associate professor in the veterinary and comparative anatomy, pharmacology and physiology department (VCAPP). “We are studying the way rats respond to environmental factors, and how drug behavior changes when external factors are manipulated.”
Jansen and his team specifically are focusing on circadian rhythms – 24-hour cycles – in the lives of most organisms. They give a treatment group, approximately four to five … » More …