Erik Oleson headshot
Associate Professor
Behavioral/Cognitive Neuroscience

Mailing Address:
Department of Psychology 
Campus Box 173, PO Box 173364 
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Physical Location:
North Classroom Building
1200 Larimer Street
Room 5010C (5th floor)

Office Hours:
8-9am Wednesday

Expertise Areas:
addiction, dopamine, motivation

Presbyterian College, BA (Psychology); BS (Biology)
Wake Forest University School of Medicine, PhD (Neuroscience)

denotes undergraduate mentee

Journal Articles

Wenzel JM, Rauscher NA, Cheer JF, Oleson EB. A role for phasic dopamine release within the nucleus accumbens in encoding aversion: A review of the neurochemical literature. ACS chemical neuroscience. 2015. Jan 21;6(1):16-26.

Oleson EB, Cachope R, Fitoussi A, Cheer JF. Tales from the dark side: Do neuromodulators of drug withdrawal require changes in endocannabinoid tone? Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. 2014 Jul 3;52:17-23

Oleson EB, Cachope R, Tsutsui K, Wu S, Gallegos JA, Cheer JF. Cannabinoid receptor activation shifts temporally engendered patterns of dopamine release. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2014 May;39(6):1441-52.

Hernandez G, Oleson EB, Gentry RN, Abbas Z, Bernstein DL, Arvanitogiannis A, Cheer JF. Endocannabinoids Promote Cocaine-Induced Impulsivity and Its Rapid Dopaminergic Correlates. Biological Psychiatry. 2013 Oct 17.

Wang B, You ZB, Oleson EB, Cheer JF, Myal S, Wise RA. Conditioned contribution of peripheral cocaine actions to cocaine reward and cocaine-seeking. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2013 Aug. 38(9):1763-9.

Oleson EB, Cheer JF. On the role of subsecond dopamine release in conditioned avoidance. Front Neurosci. 2013 7:96.

Oleson EB, Beckert MV, Morra JT, Lansink CS, Cachope R, Abdullah RA, Loriaux AL, Schetters D, Pattij T, Roitman MF, Lichtman AH, Cheer JF. Endocannabinoids shape accumbal encoding of cue-motivated behavior via CB1 receptor activation in the ventral tegmentum. Neuron. 2012 Jan;73(2):360-73.

Oleson EB, Ferris MJ, Espãna RA, Harp JJ, Jones SR. Effects of the H1-histamine antagonist and benztropine analog diphenylpyraline on dopamine uptake, locomotion and reward. European Journal of Pharmacology. 2012 May 15;683(1-3):161-5.

Zimmer BA*, Oleson EB*, Roberts DC. The motivation to self-administer is increased after a history of spiking brain levels of cocaine. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2012 Jul;37(8):1901-10 *authors contributed equally

Oleson EB, Cheer JF. Paradoxical effects of the endocannabinoid uptake inhibitor VDM11 on accumbal neural encoding of reward predictive cues. Synpase. 2012. Nov. 66:984-8.

Oleson EB, Gentry RN, Chioma VC and Cheer JF. Subsecond dopamine release in the nucleus accumbens predicts conditioned punishment and its successful avoidance. Journal of Neuroscience. 2012 Sep 1. 2:131-8.

Lee AM*Oleson EB*, Diergaarde L, Cheer JF, Pattij T. Cannabinoids and value-based decision making: Implications for neurodegenerative disorders. Bassal Ganglia. 2012 Sep 1;2:131-8. *authors contributed equally

Loewinger GC*Oleson EB*, and Cheer JF. Using dopamine research to generate rational cannabinoid drug policy. Drug Test Anal. 2012 Sep 19. *authors contributed equally

Oleson EBRichardson JM, Roberts DC. A novel IV cocaine self-administration procedure in rats: differential effects of dopamine, serotonin, and GABA drug pre-treatments on cocaine consumption and maximal price paid. Psychopharmacology. 2011 Mar;214(2):567-77.

Espãna RA, Oleson EB, Locke JL, Brookshire BR, Roberts DC, Jones SR. Hypocretin/Orexin neurotransmission is necessary for cocaine self-administration and dopamine signaling in the nucleus accumbens. European Journal of Neuroscience. 2010 Jan;31(2):336-48.

Morgan D, Liu Y, Oleson EB, Roberts DC. Cocaine self-administration on a hold-down schedule of reinforcement in rats. Psychopharmacology. 2009 Jan;201(4):601-9.

Oleson EB, Talluri S, Childers SR, Smith JE, Roberts DC, Bonin KD, Budygin EA. Dopamine Uptake Changes Associated with Cocaine Self-Administration. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2009 Apr;34(5):1174-84.

Oleson EB, Roberts DC. Behavioral Economic Assessment of Price and Cocaine Consumption Following Self-Administration Histories that Produce Escalation of Either Final Ratios or Intake. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2009 Feb;34(3):796-804.

Oleson EB, Jones SR, Bonin KD, Budygin EA. Real-Time Voltammetric Detection of Cocaine-Induced Dopamine Changes in the Striatum of Freely Moving Mice. Neuroscience Letters. 2009 Dec 25;467(2):144-6.

Oleson EB, Roberts DC. Parsing the Addiction Phenomenon: A Comparison of Behavioral Training Procedures Designed to Model Specific Addiction Symptoms. Drug Discovery Today: Disease Models. 2008 Winter;5(4):217-226.Budygin EA, 

Oleson EB, Mathews TA, Lack AK, Diaz MR, McCool BA, Jones SR. Effects of chronic alcohol exposure on dopamine uptake in rat nucleus accumbens and caudate putamen. Psychopharmacology. 2007 Sep;193(4):495-501.

Szumlinski KK, Abernathy K, Oleson EB, Klugmann M, Buckmann S, Lominac KD, During M, Kalivas PW. Homer isoforms differentially regulate cocaine-induced neuroplasticity. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2006 Apr; 31(4):768-77.

Lominac KD, Oleson EB, Pava M, Klugmann M, Schwarz MK, Seeburg PH, During MJ, Worley PF, Kalivas PW, Szumlinski KK. Distinct roles for different Homer1 isoforms in behaviors and associated prefrontal cortex function. Journal of Neuroscience. 2005 Dec 14; 25(50):11586-94.

Szumlinski KK, Lominac KD, Oleson EB, Walker JK, Mason A, Dehoff MH, Klugmann M, Cagle S, Welt K, During M, Worley PF, Middaugh LD, Kalivas PW. Homer2 is necessary for EtOH-induced neuroplasticity. Journal of Neuroscience. 2005 Jul 27; 25(30):7054-61.

Szumlinski KK, Lominac KD, Kleschen MJ, Oleson EB, Worley PF, Kalivas PW. Behavioral and neurochemical phenotyping of Homer1 mutant mice: possible relevance to schizophrenia. Genes, Brain and Behavior. 2005 Jul; 4(5):273-88.

Book Chapters

Oleson EB and Cheer JF. Sweet leaf: Neurochemical advances reveal how cannabinoids affect brain dopamine concentrations. Compendium of In Vivo Monitoring in Real-Time Molecular Neuroscience: Volume 1 - Fundamentals and Applications. 2014 World Scientific Publishing Co., Singapore.(Eds. George S. Wilson and Adrian C. Michael). Amazon link

Oleson EB and Cheer JF. Endocannabinoid-Dopamine Interactions Shape Ethologically Relevant Behavior through Computation of Conditioned Stimuli. In Cannabinoids and Modulation of Emotion, Memory and Motivation. 2015. (Eds. Fattore and Campolongo). Amazon link

Oleson EB, Roberts DC. Cocaine Self-Administration in Rats: Threshold Procedures. In Psychiatric Disorders: Methods and Protocols 1st Edition, 2011 Humana Press* (Ed. Firas Kobeissy). Amazon link*also published as a review in Methods in Molecular Biology 2012;829:30-19, indexed on medline

Oleson EB, Cheer JF. Cannabinoids: Dopamine Release. In Addiction. 2012 Cold Spring Harbor Press* (Eds. Christopher Pierce and Paul Kenny). Amazon link

Drugs, Brain and Behavior
Behavioral Neuroscience