James Murphy

Professor Emeritus, Psychology
Professor, Department of Psychology


1978 Ph.D. Bowling Green State University

1974 M.A. Bowling Green State University

1971 B.A. Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Current Research

My research interests include the neurochemical correlates and determinants of addictive behaviors, behavioral arousal, motivational states, and learning and memory. My current research is concerned with an animal model of alcohol abuse and alcoholism. Research focus is on hereditary predispositions to excessive alcohol drinking behavior, sensitivity to alcohol, and tolerance to alcohol.

Select Publications

Rodd-Henricks, Z.A., McKinzie, D.L., Shaikh, S.R., Murphy, J.M., McBride, W.J., Lumeng, L., and Li, T.-K. (2000). The alcohol deprivation effect is prolonged in the alcohol preferring (P) female rat following repeated deprivations. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research 24: 8-16.

McKinzie, D.L., Sajdyk, T.J., McBride, W.J., Murphy, J.M., Lumeng, L., Li, T.-K., and Shekhar, A. (2000).  Acoustic startle and fear-potentiated startle responding in alcohol-preferring (P) and -nonpreferring (NP) lines of rats. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior 65:691-696.

Nowak, K.L., McBride, W.J., Lumeng, L., Li, T.-K., and Murphy, J.M. (2000) Involvement of dopamine D2 autoreceptors in the ventral tegmental area on alcohol and saccharin intake of the alcohol preferring P rat. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research 24: 476-483.