University of Texas at El Paso
Psychology Department
Edward Castañeda    

Edward Castañeda
Personal Information    

Ph.D., University of Michigan (1987)


Curriculum Vitae

Behavioral Neuroscience Lab

Research Interests    

Dr. Castañeda investigates plasticity in presynaptic mechanisms that modulate neurotransmitter release during changes in behavior due to neurodegeneration or substance abuse. It is interesting to speculate how fundamental mechanisms that govern learning and memory might serve for compensation in surviving dopamine neurons of the brain compromised by Parkinson's disease and how these same mechanisms might play a role in the sensitization of dopamine neurons by repeated exposure to stimulant drugs. Currently funded research seeks to understand how sensitization of amphetamine-evoked dopamine release may produce cross-sensitization to stimulant drug-conditioned environmental cues or stress. To accomplish this, Dr. Castañeda incorporates in vivo intracerebral microdialysis to collect dopamine overflow evoked by drug and electrical stimulation of dopamine pathways. Understanding the principles of cross-sensitization will provide insights regarding drug craving and recidivism in recovering addicts.
Sample Publications    

Chandler-Laney, P.C., Castañeda, E., Pritchett, C.E., Smith, M.L.,Giddings, M., Artiga, A.I. & Boggiano, M.M.  (2007) A history ofcaloric restriction induces neurochemical and behavioral changes inrats consistent with models of depression. Pharmacol. Biochem. Behav.,87:104-114.

Trujillo, K.A., Castañeda, E., Martínez, D. & González, G.  (2006)Biological research on drug abuse and addiction in Hispanics:  currentstatus and future directions.  Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 84S:S17-S28.

Castañeda, E., Fleming, S., Paquette, M., Boat, K., Moffett, J., Stachowiak, E.K., Bloom, D.C. & Stachowiak, M.K. (2005). Gene therapy assessment in the hemiparkinson rat:  drug-induced rotation is inadequate.  Physiol. Behav., 84(4), 525-535.

Duvauchelle, C.L., Ikegami, A. & Castañeda, E. (2000) Conditionedincreases in behavioral activity and accumbens dopamine levels producedby intravenous cocaine.  Behav. Neurosci., 114:1156-1166.

Friedman, S.D., Castañeda, E. and Hodge, G.K. (1998) Long-termmonoamine depletion, differential recovery, and subtle behavioralimpairment following methamphetamine-induced neurotoxicity.  Pharmacol.Biochem. Behav., 61:35-44.

Tran-Nguyen, L.T.L., Castañeda, E. and MacBeth, T. (1996) Changes in behavior and monoamine levels in microdialysate from dorsal striatum after 6-OHDA infusions into ventral striatum.  Pharmacol. Biochem. Behav., 55:141-150.

Contact Information    


Phone: 915 747-6558
Fax: 915 747-6553

103 Psychology Bldg.
Department of Psychology
University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, TX 79968


PSYC 4324 - Psychobiology
PSYC 5372 - Behavioral Neuroscience

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