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Researcher: Johnson, OL (Associate Professor Luke Johnson)

Fields of Research

Cellular nervous system
Mental health services
Behavioural neuroscience
Central nervous system
Health psychology
Receptors and membrane biology
Basic pharmacology
Psychiatry (incl. psychotherapy)
Neurology and neuromuscular diseases
Clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice
Health care administration
Clinical pharmacology and therapeutics
Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences
Evolutionary psychological studies

Research Objectives

Mental health
Efficacy of medications
Clinical health
Human pharmaceutical treatments
Expanding knowledge in psychology
Prevention of human diseases and conditions
Mental health services
Expanding knowledge in the agricultural, food and veterinary sciences
Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
Treatment of human diseases and conditions

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

A dendritic organization of lateral amygdala neurons in fear susceptible and resistant mice; Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
A recurrent network in the lateral amygdala: a mechanism for coincidence detection; Frontiers in Neural Circuits
An organization of visual and auditory fear conditioning in the lateral amygdala; Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
An update on contextual fear memory mechanisms: Transition between amygdala and hippocampus; Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
Analysis of kinase gene expression in the frontal cortex of suicide victims: implications of fear and stress; Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
Associative Pavlovian conditioning leads to an increase in spinophilin-immunoreactive dendritic spines in the lateral amygdala; European Journal of Neuroscience
Behavioral evaluation of eight rat lines selected for high and low anxiety-related responses; Behavioural Brain Research
Boundary conditions of post-retrieval extinction: a direct comparison of low and high partial reinforcement; Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
Contextual fear conditioning alter microglia number and morphology in the rat dorsal hippocampus; Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
Editorial: How Fear and Stress Shape the Mind; Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
Editorial: How Fear and Stress Shape the Mind; Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
Expression pattern of the cannabinoid receptor genes in the frontal cortex of mood disorder patients and mice selectively bred for high and low fear; Journal of Psychiatric Research
Expression profiles of mitochondrial genes in the frontal cortex and the caudate nucleus of developing humans and mice selectively bred for high and low fear; PloS One
Functional neuronal topography: A statistical approach to micro mapping neuronal location; Frontiers in Neural Circuits
Hebbian reverberations in emotional memory micro circuits; Frontiers in Neuroscience
Lesions in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis disrupt corticosterone and freezing responses elicited by a contextual but not by a specific cue-conditioned fear stimulus; Neuroscience
Localization of contextual and context removed auditory fear memory within the basolateral amygdala complex; Neuroscience
Localization of glucocorticoid receptors at postsynaptic membranes in the lateral amygdala; Neuroscience
Localization of mineralocorticoid receptors at mammalian synapses; PLoS One
Membrane associated synaptic mineralocorticoid and glucocorticoid receptors are rapid regulators of dendritic spines; Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
Memory reconsolidation therapy for police officers with post-traumatic stress disorder; Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology
Microtopography of fear memory consolidation and extinction retrieval within prefrontal cortex and amygdala; Psychopharmacology
Myosin light chain kinase regulates synaptic plasticity and fear learning in the lateral amygdala; Neuroscience
Neurons activated during fear memory consolidation and reconsolidation are mapped to a common and new topography in the lateral amygdala; Brain Topography
Pavlovian fear conditioning activates a common pattern of neurons in the lateral amygdala of individual brains; PloS One
Pavlovian olfactory fear conditioning: Its neural circuity and importance for understanding clinical fear-based disorders; Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Posttraumatic stress disorder and traumatic stress: from bench to bedside, from war to disaster; Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Regulation of the fear network by mediators of stress: norepinephrine alters the balance between cortical and subcortical afferent excitation of the lateral amygdala; Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
Remembering mechanosensitivity of NMDA receptors; Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
The importance of reporting housing and husbandry in rat research; Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
The structure of Pavlovian fear conditioning in the amygdala; Brain Structure & Function
Traits of fear resistance and susceptibility in an advanced intercross line; European Journal of Neuroscience

Research Projects

Brain Strain - the neuromechanical axis of memory; Universities Australia / Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service) (UADAAD)
Cognition in multiple sclerosis: Associations with gut-brain biomarkers and exploration of cognitive symptom change in response to a nutrition intervention; Clifford Craig Foundation (CCFoundation)
Effects of ketamine on post-traumatic stress: emergency department experience and patient perceptions; Clifford Craig Foundation (CCFoundation)

Research Candidate Supervision