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Reward- and aversion-related processing in the brain: translational evidence for separate and shared circuits


Negative childhood experiences alter a prefrontal-insular-motor cortical network in healthy adults: A preliminary multimodal rsfMRI-fMRI-MRS-dMRI study *


Subcallosal cingulate connectivity in anorexia nervosa patients differs from healthy controls: A multi-tensor tractography study *


GABAergic circuits underpin valuative processing


Diffusivity signatures characterize trigeminal neuralgia associated with multiple sclerosis *


Merged group tractography evaluation with selective automated group integrated tractography


A neuroimaging strategy for the three dimensional in vivo anatomical visualization and characterization of insular gyri *


Age-related changes in diffusion tensor imaging metrics of fornix subregions in healthy humans *


A comparison of neural responses to appetitive and aversive stimuli in humans and other mammals *


Brain γ-aminobutyric acid: a neglected role in impulsivity


GABA-A receptors predict aversion-related brain responses: An fMRI-PET investigation in healthy humans *


GABA in the insula - a predictor of the neural response to interoceptive awareness *


Glutamate concentration in the medial prefrontal cortex predicts resting-state cortical-subcortical functional connectivity in humans


GABA-A receptors in visual and auditory cortex and neural activity changes during basic visual stimulation


External awareness and GABA-A receptors – a combined [18F]flumazenil-PET and fMRI study


Common brain activations for painful and non-painful aversive stimuli


Interpreting deactivations in neuroimaging


Identifying a network of brain regions involved in aversion-related processing: a cross-species translational investigation





*With undergraduate/graduate student collaborators

Is our self nothing but reward?


5-HT receptors and reward-related behaviour: A review


The brain and its resting state activity - Experimental and methodological implications


Is subcortical–cortical midline activity in depression mediated by glutamate and GABA? A cross-species translational approach *


The role of nucleus accumbens shell GABA receptors on ventral tegmental area intracranial self-stimulation and a potential role for the serotonin (5-HT) 2C receptor *


Effects of systemic 5-HT1B receptor compounds on ventral tegmental area intracranial self-stimulation thresholds in rats *


Effects of systemic and intra-nucleus accumbens 5-HT2C receptor compounds on ventral tegmental area self-stimulation thresholds in rats


Differential effects of 5-HT2C receptor activation by WAY 161503 on nicotine-induced place conditioning and locomotor activity in rats


Differential effects of 5-HT2C receptor ligands on place conditioning and locomotor activity in rats


NMDA or AMPA / kinate receptor blockade prevents acquisition of conditioned place preference induced by D2/D3 dopamine receptor stimulation in rats


Decreased amphetamine-induced locomotion and improved latent inhibition in mice mutant for the M5 muscarinic receptor gene found in the human 15q schizophrenia region


Mojgan Hodaie

University of Toronto


Jeffrey Dalley

University of Cambridge


Georg Northoff

University of Ottawa


Andy Greenshaw

University of Alberta


John Yeomans

University of Toronto



colleagues & collaborators



Niall W. Duncan

Taipei Medical University


Christine Wiebking

Universität Potsdam


Adrianne Huxtable

University of Oregon


Takashi Nakao

Hiroshima University


Pengmin Qin

University of Ottawa




Cognitive Psychology: Attention & Memory – PSY 220


    Survey course covering concepts and methods used in cognitive psychology, along

   with specific findings related to information processing, learning & memory, and attention.



Statistical Methods in Psychology – PSY 200


    Introductory course covering: research design, distributions, standardized scoring,

     regression, correlation, sampling & probability, hypothesis testing, t-tests, ANOVA



Behavioural Neuroscience – PSY 210


    Introductory neuroscience covering: cellular anatomy/function, neuroanatomy,

     neuroendocrinology, methods, sensation & perception, emotion, brain rhythms,      

     neuropsychopathology/mental health



Sensation & Perception (w/ Lab) – PSY 313


    Course covering: research methods, neuroanatomy, visual/auditory/haptic/olfactory/

     gustatory neuroscience and behaviour, including a weekly 2-hour lab



Academic Research and Writing – ARW 250


    Introduction to the discovery and communication of ideas. Course covered topics

     such as: How to research, write and present ideas effectively, thinking and reading

     critically, thesis development



Brain & Behaviour (w/ Lab) – PSY 225


    Neuroanatomy (with dissection), methods, sensation & perception, hormones & sex,

     emotion, reward & addiction, neuropathology, psychiatric disorders



Biological Basis of Psychology – PSY 104


    Psychological history, methods, neuroanatomy, neuroendocrinology, learning, memory,

     sensation & perception, emotion, consciousness




*See CV for additional examples of lab training/Thesis supervision, mentorship roles, and guest teaching.

Affective Science explores how positive and negative stimuli and events are related to brains & behaviours.


How does the brain encode subjective experiences?

Are our behaviours guided by unconscious emotions?

Is my sense of self intertwined with affect?


I explore these kinds of questions conceptually and with the use of behavioural measures & brain imaging.