Another one successfully fledges the nest: Monica Faulkner, successfully defended her PhD thesis “Frontolimbic Circuits, Dopamine, and Attentional Bias to Alcohol Cues.” She has accepted a postdoc offer, and will join the lab of Dr. Lorenzo Leggio at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Huge congratulations to Monica!
Our new paper is in press at Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. In it we show that delay discounting behavior was predicted by an interaction of COMT genotype and sex, consistent with a U-shaped relationship with COMT activity. COMT genotype and sex similarly exhibited U-shaped relationships with individual differences in neural activation, particularly among networks that were most engaged by the task. The lead author is Dr. Amanda Elton.
Ranking grad student, Theresa McKim, successfully defended her PhD thesis last month “Neurocognitive Investigations of Habitual Behavior Modification.” She has accepted a postdoc offer, and will join the lab of Dr. Theresa Desrochers at Brown University. Huge congratulations to Theresa!
Our new paper showing that people with a history of addiction develop habits more quickly than do people with no history of substance abuse is published in the July issue of Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. The study was led by graduate student, Theresa McKim, and has gotten some popular press notice.
Postdoc alum, Dr. Vicki Chanon, has been hired as a Lecturer in the Psychology & Neuroscience Dept., starting July 1, 2016. Welcome back Vicki!
Very excited to be heading out to Irvine in early November for the Frontiers of Science symposium.
The program is described here: