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CTBR/Biology Department Seminar: Neural & Molecular Mechanisms of Emotional Memory

Event Start Date: 
Monday, April 8, 2013 - 12:00pm
Event End Date: 
Monday, April 8, 2013 - 1:00pm
Description: 

Glenn Schafe, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
Yale University

My lab studies the neurobiological substrates of emotional learning and memory, with particular emphasis on Pavlovian fear conditioning. This relatively simple type of associative learning has gained considerable attention among both basic and clinical neuroscientists over the last decade, due in part to its simplicity and tractability as a neurobiological model of learning and memory and also because of its potential relevance for understanding the neural mechanisms underlying anxiety disorders in humans, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in which acquired fears play a prominent role. Specifically, I am interested in the neural and molecular events that contribute to fear memory consolidation, or the process by which short-term fear memories are transformed in the brain over time into stable, long-term memories. Much of this work has focused on the amygdala, a temporal lobe structure that has been implicated in emotion and emotional learning for many years. Work in my lab utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to the study of fear memory formation in the amygdala and other relevant brain areas that includes behavioral, anatomical, neurophysiological, and molecular genetic techniques.

REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED

Supported by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health - 8 G12 MD007599-27 (formerly NCRR Grant #G12 RR003037)

Location: 

Hunter College, CUNY
Biology Conference Room 926HN
(69th Street, Between Lexington and Park Avenues)

Contact person and information for event: 

Denise Charles

dc674 (at) hunter (dot) cuny (dot) edu