Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.
My education was in Montreal where I received my PhD and MA in psychology from Concordia University and my BSc from McGill University.
Prior to joining Laurier, I taught at Algoma University, Concordia University, Queen’s University and Laurier before coming here permanently in 1994. For the last few years I have been chair of the department, but before that I taught first year psychology, motivation, statistics and courses in the behavioural neuroscience side of psychology. Currently I teach our statistics courses at the third year and masters level.
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
Motivation: appetitive behaviours; feeding, drinking, sex, drug self-administration, wheel running, and exercise.
Disorders of consumption: drug and alcohol consumption. Pathological gambling as a non-drug addiction. Eating disorders; anorexia nervosa, bulimia and obesity. Excessive behaviours in general.
Neuroendocrinology and behaviour: feeding, physiological and behavioural substrates. Brain-pituitary-body interactions; the effects of stress. Sex differences.
Psychopharmacology: drug abuse; the pharmacology of neurotransmitters; drug tolerance.
Faith and Science: how a Christian faith can speak to and accomodate current science
Student Opportunities / Supervising
At this point, I am not taking any students into my research group.
Eikelboom, R. and Hewitt, R. (2016). Intermittent access to a sucrose solution for rats causes long-term increases in consumption. Physiology and Behavior, 165, 77-85.
Hertel, A. and Eikelboom, R. (2010). Can overeating induce conditioned taste avoidance in food restricted rats? Physiology and Behavior, 99, 482-486.
Adams, K. L., Parfeniuk, G. G., and Eikelboom, R. (2009). Chlorpromazine specifically prevents the wheel-induced feeding suppression in rats. Pharmacology Biochemistry, and Behavior, 93, 470-473.
Hertel A., Botzang, L., Parfeniuk, G. G., and Eikelboom, R. (2009). The effects of prior weight reduction on the running wheel-induced feeding suppression in rats. Behavioural Processes, 82, 56-61.
Satvat, E. and Eikelboom, R. (2006). Dissociation of conditioned and unconditioned factors in the running-induced feeding suppression. Physiology and Behavior, 89, 428-437.
Lopak V. and Eikelboom, R. (2004). Modulation of the pair housing induced feeding suppression. Physiology and Behavior, 83, 157-164.
Afonso V. M. and Eikelboom, R. (2003). Relationship between wheel running, feeding, drinking, and body weight in male rats. Physiology and Behavior, 80, 19-26.
Eikelboom, R. and Lattanzio, S. B. (2003). Wheel access duration in rats: 2. Day night and within session changes. Behavioral Neuroscience, 117, 825-832.
Lattanzio, S. B. and Eikelboom, R. (2003). Wheel access duration in rats: 1. Effects on feeding and running. Behavioral Neuroscience, 117, 496-504.