The Department of Behavioral Neuroscience seeks to elucidate the biological and neural mechanisms underlying various human and animal behaviors. In particular, we focus on the neural mechanisms of learning and memory in rats and mice by developing methods to measure animal learning and memory;examining the effects of brain lesions,
neurotoxin treatment, and drug treatment on learning and memory; developing animal models of neurodegenerative disease, including memory disorders; and analyzing the involvement of neurotransmitters and receptor systems in memory and learning processes. We also evaluate psychotropic drugs using animal models of psychological and psychiatric diseases.
- Role of the hippocampus in spatial memory and working memory
- Brain glutamate receptors and learning and memory
- Brain mechanisms underlying extinction of aversive memory