John Salamone, PhD

Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, Psychological Sciences (Affiliate)

Research Overview

My research program employs a wide variety of techniques and approaches to studying the relationship between the nervous system and behavior. I place special emphasis on behavioral, neurochemical and pharmacological analyses of motor, motivational, and cognitive processes organized within the mammalian telencephalic forebrain, including circuits connecting basal ganglia structures with neocortex and limbic areas. Specifically, I study motivational and motor functions of dopamine, adenosine, serotonin, and acetylcholine, neural/behavioral pharmacology, microdialysis methods for studying neurotransmission. Many of my studies involve an assessment of interactions between different neurotransmitters, and I have developed animal models of neurological and psychiatric symptoms related to Parkinsonism, depression, schizophrenia, drug abuse, binge eating, neuroinflammation, behavioral activation, and effort-related aspects of motivation.


BA, 1978, Psychology & Biology, Rockhurst University, Kansas City MO
MS, 1980, Psychobiology, Emory University, Atlanta GA
PHD, 1982, Psychobiology, Emory University, Atlanta GA

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Contact Information
Mailing Address406 Babbidge Rd
Storrs, CT 06269-1020