Middlebury

 

Faculty Research


Prof.  Jason Arndt (Department of Psychology)

Human Memory Lab: Our lab examines the mental processes that underlie human memory. Current projects seek to understand the nature of memory errors, the influence of emotion on memory, and how social processes influence memory.


Prof. Marcia Collaer (Department of Psychology)

Spatial Cognition Lab: The lab investigates sex and individual differences in cognitive abilities, particularly visuospatial skills. Factors of interest include investigations of hormone-behavior relationships, how people ‘pay attention’ to space, spatial strategies, and social influences on spatial cognition.


Prof. Kim Cronise (Department of Psychology)

Alcohol Addiction Lab: Alcoholics begin their careers with a single drink and, in time, their consumption patterns increase dramatically. The lab investigates factors that cause alcohol dependence, focusing on tolerance, one of the consequences of repeated exposure to alcohol, which may “kick start” the addiction cycle.


Prof. Matt Kimble ((Department of Psychology)

Clinical Psychophysiology Lab: The lab investigates the behavioral, peripheral, and central correlates of anxiety and anxiety disorders using eye tracking, event related potentials, and measures of peripheral autonomic activity


Prof.  Tom Root (Department of Biology)

Neurobiology Lab: My research is in zoology, physiology and neurobiology (specifically the neural control of behavior) with many different animals, but primarily invertebrates and especially arachnids and cephalopod mollusks. We study an animal's senses and movements, and how those permit an animal to locomote, feed, escape or behave in other effective ways, such as in octopuses where we are currently studying how they use senses to direct exquisite and precise movements, and how they learn to make a choice and learn choices for adaptive behavior.


Prof. John Spackman (Department of Philosophy)

 


Prof.  Mark Spritzer (Department of Biology)

Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Lab: Our lab focuses on the effects of hormones on spatial memory and underlying neural plasticity. We are particularly interested in the role that adult neurogenesis in the formation of new memories.  We are also examining how sexual interactions and social isolation influence adult neurogenesis and associated cognitive abilities.


Prof. Mark Stefani (Department of Psychology)

Behavioral Systems Neuroscience Lab: Our research examines the neural systems involved learning, memory and decision-making, using rodent models of human cognitive abilities and disease states.