James Walton

1835 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: (614) 688-4674
Fax: (614) 688-4733
Email: walton.315@osu.edu

Research Interests

I am currently a Research Associate in the laboratories of Dr. A. Courtney DeVries and Dr. Randy Nelson and the manager of the NINDS Rodent Behavior Core (http://cmn.osu.edu/4638.cfm). I am interested in social behavior in animals. Specifically how these behaviors are modulated by peptides, such as those in the vasopressin/oxytocin family, and how these peptide effects vary due to seasonal and/or sex differences. In addition, I am interested in the neuroanatomical bases for these differences.

Publications

Thompson, R.R., Walton, J.C., Bhalla, R., George, K.C., Beth, E.H. (2008) A primitive social circuit: vasotocin-substance P interactions modulate social behavior through a peripheral feedback mechanism in goldfish. European Journal of Neuroscience. 27(9):2285-93.
Thompson, R.R., George, K., Walton, J.C., Orr, S.P., Benson, J. (2006) Sex-specific influences of vasopressin on human social communication. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 103(20):7889-94.
Thompson, R.R., George, K., Dempsey, J., Walton, J.C. (2004) Visual sex discrimination in goldfish: seasonal, sexual and androgenic influences. Hormones and Behavior. 46(5):646-54.
Thompson, R.R., Walton, J.C. (2004) Peptide effects on social behavior: effects of vasotocin and isotocin on social approach behavior in male goldfish (Carassius auratus). Behavioral Neuroscience. 118(3):620-6.
Gainey, L.F., Walton, J.C., Greenberg, M.J. (2003) Branchial musculature of a venerid clam: pharmacology, distribution and innervation. Biological Bulletin. 204(1):81-95.

Conference Presentations

Kennedy, M.A., Stevens, C., Walton, J.C., Thompson, R.R. (2006) Gene sequences for alternative versions of the vasotocin receptor in the goldfish brain. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting.
Thompson, R.R., George, K., Walton, J.C., Benson, J., Orr, S.P. (2006) Sex-specific influences of vasopressin on human social communication. Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Annual Meeting.
Walton, J.C., Beth, E., Thompson, R.R. (2005) The effects of vasotocin on social behavior in male and female goldfish and the influence of season on behavioral responsiveness to vasotocin. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting.
Thompson, R.R., Walton, J.C., George, K. (2005) Vasotocin-Substance P interactions in the brains of goldfish. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting.
Scangos, J., Walton, J.C., Thompson, R.R. (2004) Seasonal and sexual differences in vasotocinís behavioral effects in goldfish. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting.
Thompson, R.R., Walton, J.C. (2003) Central vasotocin infusions inhibit social behavior in male goldfish. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting.
Gainey Jr., L.F., Walton, J.C., Greenberg, M.J. (2001) Neuromuscular anatomy of clam gills. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting.
Gainey Jr., L.F., Chicoine, D., Walton, J., Greenberg, M.J. (2000) Hydrogen sulfide potentiates muscle contraction in clam gills. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting.