Cornell University - Depue Research Lab Research Assistant

Interest: 
Other

Currently, research is being done on the role of mu-opiates in the reward that underlies social bonding. This is looked at in two ways: first, degree of affiliative affective responding to affiliation-inducing film material and degree of heat tolerance to optic-heat is studied in placebo and opiate receptor-inhibition conditions, all as a function of social closeness - a higher-order affiliation personality trait. Second, a polymorphism in the gene for the mu-opiate receptor is being assessed in a large college population (N=1000), and then related to a) affiliative behavior rated over two weeks, b) affective response to affiliative film material, c) heat tolerance and cold tolerance (a mu-opiate mediated response) while alone and in the company of a close friend, and d) empathic response to pain experienced by a close friend.

Compensation: 
paid
Time Frame: 
Summer
Name: 
Richard
Depue
Phone: 
(607) 255-7620
Address: 
243 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
Ithaca
14853