David Arndt, M.S.
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).
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):
Fall 2014 (Online) Drugs and Behavior
Fort Hays State University Adjunct Faculty Position
Spring 2014 PSYCH 110: General Psychology
Kansas State University
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
Kansas State University, M.S. in Experimental Psychology – August 2014
University of Kentucky, B.S. in Psychology – May 2010