Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

John Valenta


Graduate Research Assistant
John Valenta



Addiction, Reward, Behavioral Neuroscience, Alcohol, Opioids, Dopamine, Neurobiology and Brain Physiology, Neuropharmacology, Stereotaxic Surgery, Neurochemistry, Immunohistochemistry, Rat Handling, Microdialysis, Conditioned Place Preference, Prepulse Inhibition, Animal Surgery, Rat Models, HPLC-ECD, Nucleus Accumbens, Ventral Tegmental Area, Neuroimmunology, Neuroinflammation


We investigate which brain mechanisms motivate alcohol drinking and the transition from healthy to unhealthy drinking behavior, with the goal of developing new treatment options for alcoholics.  I am currently working on a project that will test the ability of the brain’s immune system to regulate alcohol consumption.

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    The University of Texas at Austin
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    108 E. Dean Keeton Stop A8000
    Austin, TX 78712-1043