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Scott Kraly

Scott Kraly

Charles A. Dana Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Psychology , 110C Olin Hall
p 315-228-7348
The focus of my research is the neuroendocrine control of ingestive behavior, in particular, the physiological mechanisms by which eating elicits drinking behavior.

Many of the students working in my laboratory learn various surgical procedures including manipulations of the gastrointestinal tract and stereotaxic surgery to implant a cannula into the brain of a rat.

Students conduct experiments in which drugs are used to manipulate neurochemical mechanisms to study their involvement in eating and drinking.

More than twenty-five Colgate undergraduates have become co-authors of published journal articles reporting the results of experiments conducted at Colgate.

My book, "The Unwell Brain:  Understanding the Psychobiology of Mental Health" (WW Norton, 2009), developed from my teaching courses in brain and behavior and psychopharmacology.

My new book is "Psychopharmacology Problem Solving:  Principles and Practices to Get it Right" (WW Norton, 2014).

Colgate will launch in late August 2015 my digital online course, a MOOC entitled "Medicating for Mental Health."
When not working, I play the drums in the alternative/pop band dangerboy.


BA University of Notre Dame 1970; MA, PhD Johns Hopkins University 1972, 1974


Physiological psychology, neuroscience, psychopharmacology, experimental psychology


Neuroendocrine control of drinking and eating



Kraly, F.S.  Psychopharmacology Problem Solving:  Principles and Practices to Get it Right.  WW Norton & Co., Inc., New York, 2014.

Kraly, F.S.  Brain Science and Psychological Disorders:  Therapy, Psychotropic Drugs, and the Brain.  WW Norton & Co., Inc., New York, 2006.  (Reissued in 2009 as The Unwell Brain:  Understanding the Psychobiology of Mental Health.)

Selected Articles in Professional Journals:

(NOTE: bold text indicates Colgate undergraduate)

Kraly, F.S. Eating provides important physiological signals for satiety and drinking. Physiology and Behavior, 2004, 82, 49-52.

Kraly, F.S. & Jones, K.M. Histaminergic activation of endogenous angiotensin II fails to inhibit alcohol intake in rats. Alcohol, 1999, 17, 57-61.

Kraly, F.S., Tribuzio, R.A., Keefe, M.E., Kim, Y.M. & Lowrance, R. Endogenous histamine contributes to drinking initiated without postprandial challenges to fluid homeostasis in rats. Physiology and Behavior, 1996, 58, 1137-1143.

Kraly, F.S., Tribuzio. R.A., Kim, Y.-M., Keefe, M.E., Braun, C.J. & Newman, B.H. Angiotensin AT1 and AT2 receptors contribute to drinking elicited by eating in rats. Physiology and Behavior, 1995, 58, 1099-1109.

Kraly, F.S., Kim, Y.-M., Dunham, L.M. & Tribuzio, R.A. Drinking after intragastric NaCl without increase in systemic plasma osmolality in rats. American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory,Integrative and Comparative Physiology, 1995, 269, R1085-R1092.

Kraly, F.S. & Klinko, C.J. Separate controls for conditioned cephalic phases of acid secretion and drinking in the rat. Physiology and Behavior, 1991, 49, 7-11.

Kraly, F.S. Drinking elicited by eating. In: Progress in Psychobiology and Physiological Psychology, Vol. 14. A.N. Epstein & A. Morrison (Eds.), Academic Press, New York, 1990, 67-133.

Kraly, F.S., Coogan, L.A., Specht, S.M., Trattner, M.S., Zayfert, C., Cohen, A. & Goldstein, J.A. Disordered drinking in developing spontaneously hypertensive rats. American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, 1985, 248, R464-R470.

Kraly, F.S. Physiology of drinking elicited by eating. Psychological Review, 1984, 91, 478-490.

Kraly, F.S. Preabsorptive pregastric vagally-mediated histaminergic component of drinking elicited by eating in the rat. Behavioral Neuroscience, 1984, 98, 349-355.

Kraly, F.S. Histamine plays a part in induction of drinking by food intake. Nature, 1983, 302, 65-66.

Kraly, F.S. A diurnal variation in the satiating potency of cholecystokinin in the rat. Appetite, 1981, 2, 177-191.

Kraly, F.S., Gibbs, J. & Smith, G.P. Disordered drinking after abdominal vagotomy in rats. Nature, 1975, 258, 226-228.

Professional Experience

Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychiatry, Cornell University Medical College 1974-78


National Institutes of Health Research Grant, principle investigator.
Colgate Alumni Corporation Distinguished Teaching Award (2005).
Director, Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (2008-2011).