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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Gorica Petrovich

associate professor

Gorica Petrovich

Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1997

Office: McGuinn 344
Lab: Higgins 022
Phone: (617) 552-0416

Neurobiology of Feeding Behavior Lab

Scholarly Interests: Neurobiology of motivation and feeding behavior; functional organization of the brain systems mediating environmental control of food intake, specifically interactions between the amygdala, prefrontal cortex, and hypothalamus; modulation of hunger and satiety mechanisms by learning and stress.

Typically offered courses

Curriculum Vitae*

Google Scholar Citation Profile

Office Hours*

PSYC3385 Neurobiology of Motivation and Emotion
PSYC3388 Neurobiology of Eating and Eating Disorders
PSYC5585 Advanced Brain Systems: Motivation and Emotion


Representative Publications

Petrovich, G.D. (2013). Forebrain networks and the control of feeding by environmental learned cues. Physiology & Behavior. In Press. [Epub April 3, 2013]. Selected by Faculty of 1000 Prime.

Reppucci, C., Kuthyar, M., & Petrovich, G.D. (2013). Contextual fear cues inhibit feeding in food-deprived male and female rats. Appetite 69:186-95.

Cole, S., Powell, D.J., & Petrovich, G.D. (2013). Differential recruitment of distinct amygdalar nuclei across appetitive associative learning. Learning & Memory 20:295-9.

Petrovich, G.D., Hobin, M.P., & *Reppucci, C. (2012). Selective Fos induction in the hypothalamic orexin/hypocretin, but not melanin-concentrating hormone neurons by a learned cue that stimulates feeding in sated rats. Neuroscience 224: 70-80.

Petrovich, G.D., & Lougee, M.A. (2011). Sex differences in fear cue-induced inhibition of feeding: Prolonged effect in female rats. Physiology & Behavior 104:996-1001.

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