David Arndt, M.S.

David Arndt

Advisor: Dr. Mary Cain

Description of Research

Generally speaking, my primary research interests involve drugs of abuse and how they affect behavior.  I find it interesting how minute chemical substances can either beneficially or detrimentally impact people’s lives.  My initial research experience here at Kansas State focused on amphetamine-induced hyperactivity and sensitization, and how the rewarding effects of amphetamine can be attenuated through glutamatergic alterations and the implementation of environmental enrichment.  More recently, we are investigating how these enrichment-induced

glutamatergic alterations can influence rates of amphetamine self-administration.  I have also investigated how environmental factors can induce serotonergic alterations that can influence the efficacy of fluoxetine, a commonly prescribed selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI).

Publications:

Arndt, D. (2014). The science of psychology. In Psychology in a complex world. Dubuque, IA:
Kendall Hunt. ISBN: 978-1-4652-5824-3 [Chapter 2 in General Psychology Textbook].

Arndt, D., Arnold, J., Cain, M.E. (2014).  The Effects of mGluR2/3 Activation on Acute and Repeated Amphetamine-Induced Locomotor Activity in Differentially Reared Male Rats. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 22(3): 257-265.

Presentations: *Denotes undergraduate researcher

Arndt, D., Dietz, Z., Johns, K., Garcia, E., Cain, M.E. (2014, Fall). The role of differential rearing and mGluR5 inactivation on amphetamine self-administration in male rats. Poster to be presented at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Peterson, C.*, Arndt, D., Turner, R., Cain, M.E. (2014, Fall). Alterations of fluoxetine efficacy inforced swim test behavior between differentially reared male rats. Poster to be presented at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Arndt, D.,Dietz, Z, Cain, M.E. (2014, Spring).  The effects of enrichment and social isolationon fluoxetine-induced forced swim test behavior in male rats. Poster presented at the Kansas State Research Forum, Manhattan, KS.

Peterson, C.*, Arndt, D., Cain, M.E. (2014, Spring).  The effects of fluoxetine and environmental enrichment on the expression of depressive-like states in male rats. Poster presented at the Kansas State Research Forum, Manhattan, KS.

Arndt, D., Cain, M.E. (2013, Fall).  The effects of fluoxetine and differential rearing on the expression of depressive-like states in male rats. Poster presented at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Arndt, D., Arnold, J., Gregg, P., & Cain, M.E. (2013, Spring). The effects of mGluR2/3 activation on acute and repeated amphetamine-induced hyperactivity in differentially-reared rats. Poster presented at the Nebraska Symposium on Motivation: Motivation to Use Substances, Lincoln, NE.

Arndt, D., & Cain, M.E. (2012, Fall). Attenuation of amphetamine-induced hyperactivity and sensitization through glutamatergic alterations in enriched rats. Poster presented at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Teaching Experiences (Graduate Teaching Assistant):

Primary Instructor

Fall 2014 (Online)                             Drugs and Behavior

Fort Hays State University                Adjunct Faculty Position

 

Spring 2014                                    PSYCH 110: General Psychology

Kansas State University                     

 

Guest Lecturer

Spring 2013; Fall 2013                      PSYCH 202: Drugs and Behavior

Kansas State University                    Hallucinogens and Behavior

 

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Fall 2011 – Spring 2013                      Departmental Credits Coordinator for Sona Systems

Kansas State University                     PSYCH 100 – Freshman Seminar

                                                     PSYCH 200 – Junior Seminar

                                                     PSYCH 202 – Drugs and Behavior

                                                     PSYCH 470 – Psychobiology

                                                     PSYCH 475 – Principles of Learning

Education

Kansas State University, M.S. in Experimental Psychology – August 2014

University of Kentucky, B.S. in Psychology – May 2010

Contact Information

Email: david23@ksu.edu