Primary and Adjunct Faculty
Dr. Abel use a combined approach of molecular genetics, electrophysiology and quantitative behaviroal analysis to study the neural basis of learning and memory and its relation to sleep and various neuropsychiatric disorders. He is a faculty member in the department of Biology and co-director of the BBB program. He teaches BBB251 (Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology) and BBB442(Neurobiology of Learning and Memory).
Dr. Balasubramanian use a combination of experimental and computational approaches to study how the retina encodes information about the visual world. He is a faculty member in the Physics department and serves as adviser for the newly established BBB minor in computational neuroscience. He teaches BBB585 (Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience).
Dr. Brainard is interested in human vision and machine vision. He uses psychophysical and computational methods to study the general problem of how color appearance helps in perceiving object texture and identity. He is a faculty member in the department of Psychology and teaches PSYCH107 (Introduction to Cognitive Science).
Dr. Cheney's research focuses on the communication and social behavior of non-human primates with much of her work being conducted on free-ranging baboons in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. She is a faculty member in the department of Biology and teaches BBB231 (Animal Behavior) and BBB432 (Animal Communication).
Dr. Dinges studies the physiological, cognitive and functional changes resulting from sleep loss in humans, focusing on how sleep homeostasis and circadian rhythmicity control cognitive, affective, behavioral, endocrine and immunological processes. He is a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry and teaches BBB240 (Human Chronobiology and Sleep).
Dr. Doty studies the chemical senses (olfaction and taste) from both basic and clinical perspectives. Clinically, he is interested in the changes that occur in olfactory function in Parkinson's and Alzheimer's Diseases since early stages of these disorders are associated with major loss of smell function. He is a faculty member in the department of Otorhinolaryngology and director of the Smell & Taste Center. He teaches BBB020 (Lateralization of Sensation and Emotion).
Dr. Epstein uses a combination of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and behavioral methods to investigate how the human brain represents scenes, places, objects. He is a faculty member in the department of Psychology and teaches BBB249 (Cognitive Neuroscience).
Dr. Farah is cognitive neuroscientist who works on problems at the interface of neuroscience and society. These include the effects of childhood poverty on brain development, the expanding use of neuropsychiatric medications by healthy people for brain enhancement, novel uses of brain imaging in legal, diagnostic and educational contexts and the many ways in which neuroscience changes the way we think of ourselves as physical, mental, moral and spiritual beings. She is a faculty member in the department of Psychology and is the Director of the Center for Neuroscience & Society. She teaches BBB247 (Neuroscience and Society).
Dr. Flanagan-Cato studies the neural circuits and receptor signaling mechanisms that underlie hormone-driven behaviors, such as water and sodium ingestion and reproductive behaviors. She is faculty member in the Department of Psychology and teaches BBB109 (Intro to Brain and Behavior), BBB260 (Neuroendocrinology) and BB4260 (Neuroendocrinology Seminar).
Dr. Grill's work focuses on the neural bases of obesity and anorexia by studying the neural circuits and neurochemical systems that control food intake and energy expenditure. He is a faculty member in the department of Psychology and teaches BBB227 (Physiology of Motivated Behavior).
Dr. Kable's work aims at understanding how people make decisions, and in tracing out the underlying psychological and neural mechanisms of choice using an interdisciplinary approach that involves drawing on methods and ideas from social and cognitive neuroscience, experimental economics and personality psychology. He is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology and teaches BBB473 (Neuroeconomics).
Dr. Kahana's work focuses on neurocomputational mechanisms of human episodic and spatial memory in humans. His laboratory uses mathematical modeling and computational techniques to study human memory applying these quantitative methods both to data from laboratory studies of human memory and from electrophysiological studies done on patients with implanted electrodes. He is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology and teaches BBB259 (Human Memory).
Dr. Medina's laboratory studies the neural mechanisms that underlie motor learning using a combination of approaches that include quantitative behavioral analysis, neurophysiology and computational neuroscience. The goal of his research is to understand the link between neural activity, long-term plasticity and motor learning in genetically modifed mice. He is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology and teaches BBB109 (Introduction to Brain and Behavior) and BBB479 (Neural Systems & Behavior).
Dr. Muzzio studies how explicit memories, such as memories of space, are stored and retrieved in the hippocampus. To approach this problem, her laboratory combines chronic recordings in freely moving mice with behavioral, genetic and pharmacological tools to determine the biophysical and molecular changes associated with memory consolidation. She is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology and teaches BBB109 (Introduction to Brain and Behavior) and BIOL442 (Neurobiology of Learning and Memory).
Dr. Price's research is focused on the genetics of complex traits, primarily obesity and related diseases, including type-2 diabetes and the metabolic syndrome.He is a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry and teaches BBB451 (Behavioral Genetics).
Dr. Rust is interested in understanding the visual processing that happens at the nexus of visual perception and cognition. Her work is focused on understanding the sequence of neural events that allows the visual system to extract information about the content of the world (i.e. specific objects) from the light patterns encoded by the eye and what role memory plays in this process. She is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology and teaches BBB217 (Visual Neuroscience).
Dr. Schmidt studies the neural basis of vocal communication in songbirds using an approach that combines electrophysiology, reversible inactivation of select brain regions and quantitative behavioral analysis. Some of his work, in collaboration with David White, also examines the neural basis of sociality. He is a faculty member of the Department of Biology and co-director of the BBB program. He teaches BBB251 (Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology) and BBB476 (Neural Systems & Behavior).
Dr. Seyfarth's research focuses on the communication and social behavior of non-human primates with much of his work being conducted on free-ranging baboons in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. He is a faculty in the Department of Psychology and teaches BBB231 (Animal Behavior) and BBB431 (Animal Cognition).
Dr. Stocker's work is aimed at understanding how our visual percept of the world is shaped by our beliefs and expectations about what there is to be perceived. Using both theory and experiments, research in his laboratory explores how the statistical properties of our visual environment shape our expectations (i.e. objective expectations), and how our expectations reflect our own previous perceptual decisions (i.e. subjective expectations). He is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology and teaches PSYC111 (Perception).
Dr. Thompson-Schill is interested in the neural bases of memory and language in humans. Research in her lab mainly focuses on the investigation of semantic memory, the memory for knowledge about objects, facts, concepts, and words and their meanings. Her work employs cutting edge behaviroal and fMRI techniques to study the role of the frontal lobes in the semantic retrieval of information. She is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology and teaches BBB249 (Cognitive Neuroscience).