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Jill B Becker




Patricia Y. Gurin Professor of Psychology
Professor of Psychiatry
Senior Research Scientist, Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute
Senior Scholar, Neuroscience Program
Reproductive Sciences Program
jbbecker@umich.edu

Ph.D. (1980) Neuroscience Program; School of Life Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois
M.A. (1976) Department of Human Development, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
B.A. (1973) Department of Human Development, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Research Interests:

The goal of my research is to understand the relations between behavior and neuronal activity associated with the ascending dopamine projections to the striatum and nucleus accumbens. Research on this topic has evolved into two major research themes. One theme investigates the role of ovarian hormone modulation of the striatum and accumbens in sexual behavior and motivation to engage in sexual behavior in the female rat. A second theme investigates gender differences in drug abuse. Finally, we are interested in the mechanisms mediating the rapid effects of estradiol in the brain which are fundamental in the sex differences in motivated behaviors.

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