Joshua Blustein, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Arcadia faculty member since 1989
- B.A. Stockton College (1980)
- Ph.D. Temple University (1989)
Dr. Blustein’s research focuses on the role of the environment in adaptation to stress-induced Analgesia, with evidence that suggests adaptation to stress-induced analgesia is regulated in part by the environment through Pavlovian Conditioning. The analgesia has been shown to be opioid-mediated, and evidence from our laboratory supports this by showing the contextual control of cross-tolerance between stress-induced analgesia and morphine. This research provides a model for why humans engage in repeated trauma.
Representative Publications and Presentations
(Student co-authors in bold)
- Blustein, J.E., McLaughlin, M., & Hoffman, J.R. (2006). "Exercise Effects Stress Induced Analgesia and Spatial Learning in Rats." Physiology & Behavior, 89:582-586.
- Blustein, J.E., Ciccolone, L. (1998) "Evidence that adaptation to cold-water swim induced analgesia is a learned response." Physiology & Behavior 63(1):147-150.
- Blustein, J.E., Hornig, G., & Bostwick-Poli, M. (1995). Contexual control of tolerance to cold-water swim induced opioid analgesia. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, 52, 841-844.
- Blustein, J.E., Whitehouse, W.G., Calcagnetti, D.J., Troisi, J.R., Margules, D.L., & Bersh, P.J. (1992). Elimination of shock escape deficits following exposure to inescapable shock by the central administration of quaternary naltrexone. Physiology and Behavior, 51, 1075-1078.