University of Vermont

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychological Science

William Falls

Biobehavioral Psychology

William Falls

William Falls
Professor

Education
  • B.A. Bates College, 1987
  • M.S. Yale University, 1989
  • Ph.D. Yale University, 1993
C.V. (PDF)
Email: wfalls@uvm.edu
Phone: (802) 656-5748
Room: 206

Office Hours: Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00

Website: http://www.uvm.edu/~wfalls

Chairmanships
Chair, Department of Psychological Science
Chair, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUC)

Areas
Research in the Falls laboratory examines the behaviors, neurotransmitters and neural circuits that are involved in both the elicitation and reduction of fear and anxiety. We accomplish this by combining procedures of animal learning with the techniques of behavioral neuroscience and behavioral genetics. Specific questions include:

  • What are the neural systems underlying the interaction of fear and anxiety?
  • What are the neural correlates of the anxiolytic effects of voluntary exercise?
  • How does voluntary exercise increase memory and is this related to the anxiolytic effect of exercise?

Representative Publications

  • Falls, W.A. MacAulay, C.M. & Fox, J.H. (2010). Voluntary exercise improves both learning and consolidation of cued conditioned fear in C57 mice. Behavioural Brain Research. 207, 321-331.
  • Salam, J.S., Fox, J.H., DeTroy, E.M., Guignon, M.E., Whol, D.F. & Falls, W.A. (2009). Voluntary exercise in C57 mice is anxiolytic across several measures of anxiety. Behavioural Brain Research, 197, 31-40.
  • Fox, J.H. Hammack, S.E. & Falls, W.A. (2008). Exercise is associated with reduction in the anxiogenic effect of mCPP on acoustic startle. Behavioral Neuroscience. 122, 943-948.
  • Pistel, P.J. & Falls, W.A. (2008). Extended fear conditioning reveals a role for both N-methyl-d-aspartic acid and non-N-methyl-d-aspartic acid receptors in the amygdala in the acquisition of conditioned fear. Neuroscience. 155, 1011-1020.
  • Waddell, J., Bouton, M.E. & Falls, W.A. (2008). Central CRF Receptor Antagonist a-Helical CRF9-41 Blocks Reinstatement of Extinguished Fear: The Role of the Bed Nucleus of the Stria Terminalis. Behavioral Neuroscience. 122, 1061-1069.
  • Di Bennedetto, B., Kallnik, M., Vogt Weisenhorn, D.M., Falls, W.A., Wurst, W & Holter, S.M. (2008). Activation of ERK/MAPK in the lateral amygdala of the mouse is required for acquisition of fear-potentiated startle. Neuropsychopharmacology. doi:10.1038/npp.2008.
  • Bursztajn, S. Friedman, M. & Falls, W.A. (2007). Cell Proliferation in the Brains of NMDAR NR1 Transgenic Mice. Brain Research. 1172, 10-20.

Chair

Clinical Training Program Director

General/Experimental Program Director

Undergraduate Director

Business Manager

Biobehavioral
Clinical
Developmental
Social
Behavioral Pharmacology
Joint Appointment
Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Faculty
Clinical Psychology Internship Program (CPIP)
Post-Doctoral Fellows
Emeriti Faculty
Lecturers
Research/Adjunct
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