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The Ettenberg Lab

The Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory at the University of California in Santa Barbara, was established in the Department of Psychology by Professor Aaron Ettenberg in 1982. The Ettenberg lab is primarily involved in research aimed at identifying the neurobiological substrates underlying reinforced and motivated behaviors. Behavioral, pharmacological, physiological, and neurochemical methods are combined to investigate the nature of the brain mechanisms subserving the goal-seeking behavior of animals working for food, water, sex or psychoactive drugs. The laboratory has been particularly active in the development and use of novel behavioral assays that provide a unique approach to the study of drug-behavior interactions.