George Borszcz

George Borszcz

Associate Professor

313-577-2895

313-577-7636 (fax)

borszcz@wayne.edu

Rm. 7201

Websites

sun.science.wayne.edu/~gborszcz/index.htm

George Borszcz

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  • At the Affective Neuroscience Lab, we study the neurobiology of emotion, particularly the emotional response to pain. We are investigating the forebrain circuits responsible for generating the emotional reaction to pain. Describing how changes in this circuit lead to long-term changes in emotion and pain sensitivity is also a focus of our research. We are also identifying the complimentary forebrain circuits through which drugs, like morphine, suppress the emotional reaction to pain.

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • Dartmouth College, Ph.D. Psychology 1987
  • Miami University, BS Psychology 1977

Awards and Grants

  • Grants

    Agency: National Institutes of Health - National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
    Title: The Emotion of Pain: A neurobiological Analysis
    Dates: April 1, 2003 - March 31, 2007

    Agency: National Institutes of Health - National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Supplemental Grant Award.
    Title: The Emotion of Pain and Its Suppression
    Dates: May 1, 1999 - April 30, 2000.

    Agency: National Institutes of Health - National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Competitive renewal (R01) of FIRST award.
    Title: The Emotion of Pain and Its Suppression.
    Dates: March 1, 1996 - February 28, 2001

    Agency: National Institutes of Health - National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. FIRST award (R29).
    Title: Comparison of Spinal and Supraspinal Pain Thresholds
    Dates: June 30, 1990 - July 1, 1995.

    Awards

    Elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 6 - Behavioral Neuroscience & Comparative Psychology)

Selected Publications

 Harte, S. E., Spuz, C. A., & Borszcz, G. S. (2011). Functional interaction between medial thalamus and rostral anterior cingulate cortex in the suppression of pain affect. Neuroscience, 172, 460-473. Dissertation project

 Lumley, M.A., Cohen, J.L., Borszcz, G.S., Cano, A., Radcliffe, A., Porter, L., Schubiner, H., & Keefe, F.J. (2011). Pain and emotion: A biopsychosocial review of recent research. Journal of Clinical Psychology 67: 1-27.

Spuz, C.A., & Borszcz, G.S. (2012). Effects of NMDA or non-NMDA receptor antagonism within the amygdaloid central nucleus on the affective dimension of pain: Evidence for hemispheric syngery, Journal of Pain, 13, 328-337. MA Project

Shifirnet, E., Bowen, S.E., & Borszcz, G.S. (2014). Separting analgesia from reward within the ventral tegmental area of the rat, Neuroscience, 263, 72 – 87. Disertation Project.

Spuz, C.A., Tomaszycki, M.L., & Borszcz, G.S. (2014). N-Methyl-D-Aspartate Receptor agonism and antagonism within the amygdaloid central nucleus suppresses pain affect: Differential contribution of the ventrolateral periaqueductal gray, Journal of Pain, 14: 1305-1318. Disertation Project

 

Currently Teaching

  • Undergraduate:
    Learning and Memory - Psychology 3060

    Graduate:
    Theories of Learning - Psychology 7090

Courses taught

Undergraduate:
Learning and Memory - Psychology 3060
Brain & Behavior - Psychology 3120

Graduate:
Theories of Learning - Psychology 7090
Memory & Brain - Psychology 8080
Neurobiology of Emotion - Psychology 8680