Terry E. Robinson is Elliott S. Valenstein Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at U of M. He is also Director of the NIDA Training Program in Neuroscience at U of M and President of the European Behavioral Pharmacology Society.
Ph.D. University of Western Ontario.
Dr. Robinson’s research interests include neuropsychopharmacology; neurobiology of addiction; long-term effects of psychomotor stimulant drugs and stress on brain and behavior; neural adaptations to brain damage; and brain dopamine systems.
Research in the Robinson lab focuses on long-term changes in brain and behavior produced by repeated exposure to drugs of abuse, and the role these play in the development of psychopathology, especially addiction. Much of this research has examined the phenomenon of psychomotor sensitization associated with the repeated intermittent administration of amphetamine and cocaine. Another line of research has concerned the ability of environmental (nonpharmacological) factors to modulate the development and expression of sensitization and the neurobiological mechanisms by which environmental context gates drug responsiveness, including the ability to modulate immediate early gene expression. Finally, recent studies have explored individual differences in the extent to which reward-related cues come to control behavior.
Yager, L.M., Pitchers, K.K., Flagel, S.B. and Robinson, T.E. “Individual variation in the motivational and neurobiological effects of an opioid cue.” Neuropsychopharmacology, (under revision). (2015)
Pitchers, K.K., Flagel, S.B., O’Donnell, E.G., Solberg Woods, L.C., Sarter, M. and Robinson, T.E. “Individual variation in the propensity to attribute incentive salience to a food cue: influence of sex.” Behavioural Brain Research, 2015, 278, 462-469. NIHMS639697. (2015)
Robinson, M.J.F., Robinson, T.E. and Berridge, K.C. “Incentive salience in addiction and overconsumption.” In S.D. Preston, M.L. Kringelbach, B. Knutson and P.C. Whybrow (Eds.), The Interdisciplinary Science of Consumption, MIT Press, 2014, pp. 185-198. (2014)
Morrow, J.D., Saunders, B.T., Maren, S. and Robinson, T.E. “Sign-tracking to an appetitive cue predicts incubation of conditioned fear in rats.” Behavioural Brain Research, 2014, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bbr.2014.04.002 [ePub ahead of print]. PMCID: PMC4201891. (2014)
Saunders, B.T., O’Donnell, E.G., Aurbach, E.L. and Robinson, T.E. “A cocaine context renews drugseeking behavior preferentially in a subset of individuals.” Neuropsychopharmacology, 2014, 39, 2816-23. doi: 10.1038/npp.2014.131. PMCID: PMC4200491. (2014)