Dr. Mindy J. D. Miserendino

Sacred Heart University, USA

Associate Professor



Ph.D., New York University

M.A., New York University

B.A., Franklin and Marshall College

Publications (selected)

  1. Delp MJ and Sackeim HA. Effects of mood on lacrimal flow: Sex differences and asymmetry. Psychophysiology (1987) 24: 550-556.
  2. Miserendino MJD and Coons EE. Electrical stimulation of the medial prefrontal cortex supports both “pure reward” and “reward-escape” behavior in rats. Brain Research (1989) 483: 226-232.
  3. Miserendino MJD and Coons EE. Hedonic Interactions of medial prefrontal cortex and nucleus reticularis gigantocellularis. Brain Research (1989) 483: 233-250.
  4. Miserendino MJD, Melia KR, Sananes, CB, and Davis M. Blocking of acquisition but not expression of conditioned fear-potentiated startle by NMDA antagonists in the amygdala. Nature (1990) 345: 716-718.
  5. Boulis NM, Kehne JH, Miserendino MJD, and Davis M. Differential blockade of early and late components of acoustic startle following intrathecal infusion of 6-cyano-7-nitroquinoxaline-2,3-dione (CNQX) or DL-2-amino-5-phosphonovaleric acid. (AP5) Brain Research (1990) 560: 240-246.
  6. Rosen JB, Hitchcock JM, Sananes CB, Miserendino MJD, and Davis M. A direct projection from the central nucleus of the amygdala to the acoustic startle pathway: Anterograde and retrograde tracing studies. Behavioral Neuroscience (1991) 105: 817-825.
  7. Falls WA, Miserendino MJD, and Davis M. Extinction of fear potentiated startle: Blockade by infusion of an NMDA antagonist into the amygdala. Journal of Neuroscience (1992) 12: 854-863.
  8. Liang KC, Melia KR, Miserendino MJD, Falls WA, Campeau S, and Davis M. Corticotropin releasing factor: Long-lasting facilitation of the acoustic startle reflex. Journal of Neuroscience (1992) 12: 2303-2312.
  9. Liang KC, Melia KR, Falls WA, Campeau S, Miserendino MJD and Davis M. Lesions of the central nucleus of the amygdala, but not the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus, block the excitatory effects of corticotropin-releasing factor on the acoustic startle reflex. Journal of Neuroscience (1992) 12: 2313-2320.
  10. Campeau S, Miserendino MJD and Davis M. Intra-amygdala infusion of the N-Methyl-D-Aspartate receptor antagonist AP5 blocks retention but not expression of fear-potentiated startle to an auditory conditioned stimulus. Behavioral Neuroscience (1992) 106: 569-574.
  11. Rosen JB, Hitchcock JM, Miserendino MJD, Falls WA, Campeau S, and Davis, M. Lesions of the perirhinal cortex, but not of the frontal, medial, prefrontal, visual, or insular cortex block fear-potentiated startle using a visual stimulus. Journal of Neuroscience(1992) 12: 4624-4633.
  12. Miserendino MJD and Davis M. NMDA and non-NMDA antagonists infused into the nucleus reticularis pontis caudalis depress the acoustic startle reflex. Brain Research (1993) 623: 215-222.
  13. Miserendino MJD, Guitart X, Terwilliger R, Chi S, and Nestler EJ. Individual differences in locomotor behavior are associated with levels of tyrosine hydroxylase and neurofilament proteins in the ventral tegmental area of Sprague-Dawley rats. Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences (1993) 4: 440-448.
  14. Kosten TA, Miserendino MJD, Chi S, and Nestler EJ. Fischer and Lewis rat strains show differential cocaine effects in conditioned place preference and behavioral sensitization, but not in locomotor activity or conditioned taste aversion. Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (1994) 269 (1) 137-144.
  15. Miserendino MJD and Nestler EJ. Behavioral sensitization to cocaine modulation by the cyclic AMP system in the nucleus accumbens. Brain Research (1995) 674: 299-306.
  16. Kosten TA, Miserendino MJD, Haile CN, DeCaprio JL, Jatlow PI and Nestler EJ. Acquisition and maintenance of intravenous cocaine self-administration in Lewis and Fischer inbred rat strains. Brain Research (1997) 778: 418-429.
  17. Kosten TA and Miserendino MJD. Dissociation of novelty- and cocaine-conditioned locomotor activity from cocaine place conditioning. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, (1998) 60 (4): 785-791.
  18. Widnell KL, Self DW, Lane SB, Russell DS, Vaidya VA, Miserendino MJD, Rubin CS, Duman RS, and Nestler EJ. Regulation of CREB expression: In Vivo Evidence for a functional role in morphine action in the nucleus accumbens. Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, (1996) 276: 306-315.
  19. Kosten TA, Miserendino MJD, Le TL, and Kehoe P. Enhanced acquisition of cocaine self-administration in adult rats with neonatal isolation stress experience. Brain Research, (2000) 875: 44-50.
  20. Miserendino MJD, Haile CN, and Kosten, TA. Strain Differences in response to escapable and inescapable novel environments and their ability to predict amphetamine-induced locomotor activity. Psychopharmacology, (2003) 167: 281-290.
  21. Kosten TA and Miserendino MJD Stress alters the discriminative stimulus and response rate effects of cocaine differentially in Lewis and Fischer inbred rats. Behav. Sci. 2012, 2(1), 23-37.
  22. Villavecchia P and Miserendino MJD (2015) Neonatal isolation stress inhibits pre-weaning weight gain and mild-stressor induced locomotor activity in early adolescent male and female rats. Journal of Behavioral and Brain Science, Vol. 5 No. 7.