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Otago Medical School staff profiles

Dr Mick Watt

PositionResearch Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Anatomy
Research summaryAnxiety and the brain

Research

Working with Dr Gina Forster.

Publications

Bubak, A. N., Watt, M. J., Renner, K. J., Luman, A. A., Costabile, J. D., Sanders, E. J., … Swallow, J. G. (2019). Sex differences in aggression: Differential roles of 5-HT2, neuropeptide F and tachykinin. PLoS ONE, 14(1), e0203980. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0203980

Scholl, J. L., Afzal, A., Fox, L. C., Watt, M. J., & Forster, G. L. (2019). Sex differences in anxiety-like behaviors in rats. Physiology & Behavior, 211, 112670. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2019.112670

Forster, G. L., Anderson, E. M., Scholl, J. L., Lukkes, J. L., & Watt, M. J. (2018). Negative consequences of early-life adversity on substance use as mediated by corticotropin-releasing factor modulation of serotonin activity. Neurobiology of Stress, 9, 29-39. doi: 10.1016/j.ynstr.2018.08.001

Weber, M. A., Graack, E. T., Scholl, J. L., Renner, K. J., Forster, G. L., & Watt, M. J. (2018). Enhanced dopamine D2 autoreceptor function in the adult prefrontal cortex contributes to dopamine hypoactivity following adolescent social stress. European Journal of Neuroscience, 48(2), 1833-1850. doi: 10.1111/ejn.14019

Sathyanesan, M., Watt, M. J., Haiar, J. M., Scholl, J. L., Davies, S. R., Paulsen, R. T., … Newton, S. S. (2018). Carbamoylated erythropoietin modulates cognitive outcomes of social defeat and differentially regulates gene expression in the dorsal and ventral hippocampus. Translational Psychiatry, 8, 113. doi: 10.1038/s41398-018-0168-9

Journal - Research Article

Bubak, A. N., Watt, M. J., Renner, K. J., Luman, A. A., Costabile, J. D., Sanders, E. J., … Swallow, J. G. (2019). Sex differences in aggression: Differential roles of 5-HT2, neuropeptide F and tachykinin. PLoS ONE, 14(1), e0203980. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0203980

Scholl, J. L., Afzal, A., Fox, L. C., Watt, M. J., & Forster, G. L. (2019). Sex differences in anxiety-like behaviors in rats. Physiology & Behavior, 211, 112670. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2019.112670

Forster, G. L., Anderson, E. M., Scholl, J. L., Lukkes, J. L., & Watt, M. J. (2018). Negative consequences of early-life adversity on substance use as mediated by corticotropin-releasing factor modulation of serotonin activity. Neurobiology of Stress, 9, 29-39. doi: 10.1016/j.ynstr.2018.08.001

Sathyanesan, M., Watt, M. J., Haiar, J. M., Scholl, J. L., Davies, S. R., Paulsen, R. T., … Newton, S. S. (2018). Carbamoylated erythropoietin modulates cognitive outcomes of social defeat and differentially regulates gene expression in the dorsal and ventral hippocampus. Translational Psychiatry, 8, 113. doi: 10.1038/s41398-018-0168-9

Weber, M. A., Graack, E. T., Scholl, J. L., Renner, K. J., Forster, G. L., & Watt, M. J. (2018). Enhanced dopamine D2 autoreceptor function in the adult prefrontal cortex contributes to dopamine hypoactivity following adolescent social stress. European Journal of Neuroscience, 48(2), 1833-1850. doi: 10.1111/ejn.14019

Watt, M. J., Weber, M. A., Davies, S. R., & Forster, G. L. (2017). Impact of juvenile chronic stress on adult cortico-accumbal function: Implications for cognition and addiction. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry, 79, 136-154. doi: 10.1016/j.pnpbp.2017.06.015

Sathyanesan, M., Haiar, J. M., Watt, M. J., & Newton, S. S. (2017). Restraint stress differentially regulates inflammation and glutamate receptor gene expression in the hippocampus of C57BL/6 and BALB/c mice. Stress, 20(2), 197-204. doi: 10.1080/10253890.2017.1298587

Bray, B., Scholl, J. L., Tu, W., Watt, M. J., Renner, K. J., & Forster, G. L. (2016). Amphetamine withdrawal differentially affects hippocampal and peripheral corticosterone levels in response to stress. Brain Research, 1644, 278-287. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2016.05.030

Novick, A. M., Mears, M., Forster, G. L., Lei, Y., Tejani-Butt, S. M., & Watt, M. J. (2016). Adolescent social defeat alters N-methyl-d-aspartic acid receptor expression and impairs fear learning in adulthood. Behavioural Brain Research, 304, 51-59. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2016.02.013

Davies, D. R., Olson, D., Meyer, D. L., Scholl, J. L., Watt, M. J., Manzerra, P., … Forster, G. L. (2016). Mild traumatic brain injury with social defeat stress alters anxiety, contextual fear extinction, and limbic monoamines in adult rats. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 10, 71. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2016.00071

Solanki, R. R., Scholl, J. L., Watt, M. J., Renner, K. J., & Forster, G. L. (2016). Amphetamine withdrawal differentially increases the expression of organic cation transporter 3 and serotonin transporter in limbic brain regions. Journal of Experimental Neuroscience, 10, 93-100. doi: 10.4137/JEn.s40231

Bubak, A. N., Gerken, A. R., Watt, M. J., Costabile, J. D., Renner, K. J., & Swallow, J. G. (2016). Assessment strategies and fighting patterns in animal contests: A role for serotonin? Current Zoology, 62(3), 257-263. doi: 10.1093/cz/zow040

Bubak, A. N., Rieger, N. S., Watt, M. J., Renner, K. J., & Swallow, J. G. (2015). David vs. Goliath: Serotonin modulates opponent perception between smaller and larger rivals. Behavioural Brain Research, 292, 521-527. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2015.07.028

Novick, A. M., Forster, G. L., Hassell, J. E., Davies, D. R., Scholl, J. L., Renner, K. J., & Watt, M. J. (2015). Increased dopamine transporter function as a mechanism for dopamine hypoactivity in the adult infralimbic medial prefrontal cortex following adolescent social stress. Neuropharmacology, 97, 194-200. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2015.05.032

Tu, W., Cook, A., Scholl, J. L., Mears, M., Watt, M. J., Renner, K. J., & Forster, G. L. (2014). Serotonin in the ventral hippocampus modulates anxiety-like behavior during amphetamine withdrawal. Neuroscience, 281, 35-43. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2014.09.019

Reinbold, E. D., Scholl, J. L., Oliver, K. M., Watt, M. J., & Forster, G. L. (2014). Central CRF2 receptor antagonism reduces anxiety states during amphetamine withdrawal. Neuroscience Research, 89, 37-43. doi: 10.1016/j.neures.2014.08.010

Li, H., Scholl, J. L., Tu, W., Hassell, J. E., Watt, M. J., Forster, G. L., & Renner, K. J. (2014). Serotonergic responses to stress are enhanced in the central amygdala and inhibited in the ventral hippocampus during amphetamine withdrawal. European Journal of Neuroscience, 40(11), 3684-3692. doi: 10.1111/ejn.12735

Bubak, A. N., Grace, J. L., Watt, M. J., Renner, K. J., & Swallow, J. G. (2014). Neurochemistry as a bridge between morphology and behavior: Perspectives on aggression in insects. Current Zoology, 60(6), 778-790. doi: 10.1093/czoolo/60.6.778

Watt, M. J., Roberts, C. L., Scholl, J. L., Meyer, D. L., Miiller, L. C., Barr, J. L., … Forster, G. L. (2014). Decreased prefrontal cortex dopamine activity following adolescent social defeat in male rats: Role of dopamine D2 receptors. Psychopharmacology, 231(8), 1627-1636. doi: 10.1007/s00213-013-3353-9

Burke, A. R., Forster, G. L., Novick, A. M., Roberts, C. L., & Watt, M. J. (2013). Effects of adolescent social defeat on adult amphetamine-induced locomotion and corticoaccumbal dopamine release in male rats. Neuropharmacology, 67, 359-369. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2012.11.013

Barr, J. L., Scholl, J. L., Solanki, R. R., Watt, M. J., Lowry, C. A., Renner, K. J., & Forster, G. L. (2013). Influence of chronic amphetamine treatment and acute withdrawal on serotonin synthesis and clearance mechanisms in the rat ventral hippocampus. European Journal of Neuroscience, 37(3), 479-490. doi: 10.1111/ejn.12050

Novick, A. M., Miiller, L. C., Forster, G. L., & Watt, M. J. (2013). Adolescent social defeat decreases spatial working memory performance in adulthood. Behavioral & Brain Functions, 9, 39. doi: 10.1186/1744-9081-9-39

Novick, A. M., Forster, G. L., Tejani-Butt, S. M., & Watt, M. J. (2011). Adolescent social defeat alters markers of adult dopaminergic function. Brain Research Bulletin, 86, 123-128. doi: 10.1016/j.brainresbull.2011.06.009

Burke, A. R., Watt, M. J., & Forster, G. L. (2011). Adolescent social defeat increases adult amphetamine conditioned place preference and alters D2 dopamine receptor expression. Neuroscience, 197, 269-279. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2011.09.008

Ling, T. J., Summers, C. H., Renner, K. J., & Watt, M. J. (2010). Opponent recognition and social status differentiate rapid neuroendocrine responses to social challenge. Physiology & Behavior, 99(5), 571-578. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2010.01.025

Parrish Waters, R., Renner, K. J., Summers, C. H., Watt, M. J., Forster, G. L., Koch, L. G., … Swallow, J. G. (2010). Selection for intrinsic endurance modifies endocrine stress responsiveness. Brain Research, 1357, 53-61. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2010.07.078

Burke, A. R., Renner, K. J., Forster, G. L., & Watt, M. J. (2010). Adolescent social defeat alters neural, endocrine and behavioral responses to amphetamine in adult male rats. Brain Research, 1352, 147-156. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2010.06.062

Scholl, J. L., Feng, N., Watt, M. J., Renner, K. J., & Forster, G. L. (2009). Individual differences in amphetamine sensitization, behavior and central monoamines. Physiology & Behavior, 96, 493-504. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2008.12.001

Carpenter, R. E., Korzan, W. J., Bockholt, C., Watt, M. J., Forster, G. L., Renner, K. J., & Summers, C. H. (2009). Corticotropin releasing factor influences aggression and monoamines: Modulation of attacks and retreats. Neuroscience, 158, 412-425. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2008.10.014

Ling, T. J., Forster, G. L., Watt, M. J., Korzan, W. J., Renner, K. J., & Summers, C. H. (2009). Social status differentiates rapid neuroendocrine responses to restraint stress. Physiology & Behavior, 96(2), 218-232. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2008.10.004

Watt, M. J., Burke, A. R., Renner, K. J., & Forster, G. L. (2009). Adolescent male rats exposed to social defeat exhibit altered anxiety behavior and limbic monoamines as adults. Behavioral Neuroscience, 123(3), 564-576. doi: 10.1037/a0015752

Forster, G. L., Pringle, R. B., Mouw, N. J., Vuong, S. M., Watt, M. J., Burke, A. R., … Renner, K. J. (2008). Corticotropin-releasing factor in the dorsal raphe nucleus increases medial prefrontal cortical serotonin via type 2 receptors and median raphe nucleus activity. European Journal of Neuroscience, 28, 299-310. doi: 10.1111/j.1460-9568.2008.06333.x

Carpenter, R. E., Watt, M. J., Forster, G. L., Øverli, Ø., Bockholt, C., Renner, K. J., & Summers, C. H. (2007). Corticotropin releasing factor induces anxiogenic locomotion in trout and alters serotonergic and dopaminergic activity. Hormones & Behavior, 52, 600-611. doi: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2007.07.012

Korzan, W. J., Höglund, E., Watt, M. J., Forster, G. L., Øverli, Ø., Lukkes, J. L., & Summers, C. H. (2007). Memory of opponents is more potent than visual sign stimuli after social hierarchy has been established. Behavioural Brain Research, 183, 31-42. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2007.05.021

Watt, M. J., Forster, G. L., Korzan, W. J., Renner, K. J., & Summers, C. H. (2007). Rapid neuroendocrine responses evoked at the onset of social challenge. Physiology & Behavior, 90, 567-575. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2006.11.006

Korzan, W. J., Forster, G. L., Watt, M. J., & Summers, C. H. (2006). Dopaminergic activity modulation via aggression, status, and a visual social signal. Behavioral Neuroscience, 120(1), 93-102. doi: 10.1037/0735-7044.120.1.93

Forster, G. L., Feng, N., Watt, M. J., Korzan, W. J., Mouw, N. J., Summers, C. H., & Renner, K. J. (2006). Corticotropin-releasing factor in the dorsal raphe elicits temporally distinct serotonergic responses in the limbic system in relation to fear behavior. Neuroscience, 141, 1047-1055. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2006.04.006

Summers, C. H., Forster, G. L., Korzan, W. J., Watt, M. J., Larsen, E. T., Øverli, Ø., … Greenberg, N. (2005). Dynamics and mechanics of social rank reversal. Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 191(3), 241-252. doi: 10.1007/s00359-004-0554-z

Forster, G. L., Watt, M. J., Korzan, W. J., Renner, K. J., & Summers, C. H. (2005). Opponent recognition in male green anoles, Anolis carolinensis. Animal Behaviour, 69, 733-740. doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2004.06.026

Höglund, E., Korzan, W. J., Watt, M. J., Forster, G. L., Summers, T. R., Johannessen, H. F., … Summers, C. H. (2005). Effects of L-DOPA on aggressive behavior and central monoaminergic activity in the lizard Anolis carolinensis, using a new method for drug delivery. Behavioural Brain Research, 156, 53-64. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2004.05.009

Summers, C. H., Korzan, W. J., Watt, M. J., Forster, G. L., Øverli, Ø., Höglund, E., … Greenberg, N. (2005). Does serotonin influence aggression? Comparing regional activity before and during social interaction. Physiological & Biochemical Zoology, 78(5), 679-694. doi: 10.1086/432139

Parrish Waters, R., Emerson, A. J., Watt, M. J., Forster, G. L., Swallow, J. G., & Summers, C. H. (2005). Stress induces rapid changes in central catecholaminergic activity in Anolis carolinensis: Restraint and forced physical activity. Brain Research Bulletin, 67(3), 210-218. doi: 10.1016/j.brainresbull.2005.06.029

Øverli, Ø., Korzan, W. J., Höglund, E., Winberg, S., Bollig, H., Watt, M., Forster, G. L., … Summers, C. H. (2004). Stress coping style predicts aggression and social dominance in rainbow trout. Hormones & Behavior, 45, 235-241. doi: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2003.12.002

Summers, C. H., Summers, T. R., Moore, M. C., Korzan, W. J., Woodley, S. K., Ronan, P. J., … Watt, M. J., & Greenberg, N. (2003). Temporal patterns of limbic monoamine and plasma corticosterone response during social stress. Neuroscience, 116(2), 553-563. doi: 10.1016/S0306-4522(02)00708-X

Watt, M. J., Forster, G. L., & Joss, J. M. P. (2003). Steroid correlates of territorial behavior in male jacky dragons, Amphibolurus muricatus. Brain, Behavior & Evolution, 61(4), 184-194. doi: 10.1159/000070702

Watt, M. J., & Joss, J. M. P. (2003). Structure and function of visual displays produced by male jacky dragons, Amphibolurus muricatus, during social interactions. Brain, Behavior & Evolution, 61(4), 172-183. doi: 10.1159/000070701

Watt, M., Evans, C. S., & Joss, J. M. P. (1999). Use of electroreception during foraging by the Australian lungfish. Animal Behaviour, 58(5), 1039-1045. doi: 10.1006/anbe.1999.1216

Watt, M. J., & Hales, D. F. (1996). Dwarf phenotype of the cotton aphid, Aphis gossypii glover (Hemiptera: Aphididae). Austral Entomology, 35(2), 153-159. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-6055.1996.tb01380.x

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Journal - Research Other

Fox, L. C., Davies, D. R., Scholl, J. L., Watt, M. J., & Forster, G. L. (2016). Differential effects of glucocorticoid and mineralocorticoid antagonism on anxiety behavior in mild traumatic brain injury [Short communication]. Behavioural Brain Research, 312, 362-365. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2016.06.048

Lukkes, J. L., Watt, M. J., Lowry, C. A., & Forster, G. L. (2009). Consequences of post-weaning social isolation on anxiety behavior and related neural circuits in rodents. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 3, 18. doi: 10.3389/neuro.08.018.2009

Summers, C. H., Watt, M. J., Ling, T. L., Forster, G. L., Carpenter, R. E., Korzan, W. J., … Øverli, Ø. (2005). Glucocorticoid interaction with aggression in non-mammalian vertebrates: Reciprocal action. European Journal of Pharmacology, 526, 21-35. doi: 10.1016/j.ejphar.2005.09.059

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