University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychological Science

John Green

Biobehavioral Psychology

John Green

John Green
Associate Professor, Interim Chair

  • B.A. Drexel University, 1990
  • M.A. Temple University, 1996
  • Ph.D. Temple University, 1998
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Phone: (802) 656-4163
Room: 358

Office Hours: By appointment

My research interests are in the neurobiology of learning and memory. I am interested in both the neural and the psychological mechanisms underlying learned behaviors. More specifically, my lab has used eyeblink classical conditioning as a model system for examining learning and the functions of the cerebellum in both the intact brain and in rat models of human clinical conditions. The basic eyeblink conditioning procedure is well-understood at both the behavioral and the neural levels and provides an excellent laboratory model of associative learning. Eyeblink conditioning lends itself to the experimental study of learning and brain-behavior relationships because the learned response, an eye blink to a previously neutral stimulus, is easily measureable and quantifiable.

More recently, my lab has also been using a set-shifting maze task to examine striatum- and prefrontal-dependent learning and memory. This task is similar to the Wisconsin Card Sorting task used in humans. The initial learning phase of the task relies on the dorsolateral striatum in rodents while the set-shifting phase of the task engages medial prefrontal cortex.

My current research interests include:

  • Cellular mechanisms of cerebellum-dependent learning and memory
  • The effects of voluntary exercise on striatum- and prefrontal-dependent learning and memory

Representative Publications

  • Eddy, M. C., Rifken, K. M., Toufexis, D. J., & Green, J. T. (2013). Gonadal hormones and voluntary exercise interact to improve discrimination ability in a set-shift task. Behavioral Neuroscience, 127, 744-754.
  • Thanellou, A., & Green, J. T. (2013). Cerebellar structure and function in male Wistar-Kyoto Hyperactive rats. Behavioral Neuroscience, 127, 311-324.
  • Williams, M. R., Fuchs, J. R., Green, J. T., & Morielli, A. D. (2012). Cellular mechanisms and behavioral consequences of Kv1.2 regulation in the rat cerebellum. Journal of Neuroscience, 32, 9228-9237.
  • Chess, A. C., Raymond, B. E., Gardner-Morse, I. G., Stefani, M. R., & Green, J. T. (2011). Set shifting in a rodent model of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Behavioral Neuroscience, 125, 372-382.
  • Green, J. T., Chess, A. C., Burns, M., Schachinger, K. M., & Thanellou, A. (2011). The effects of two forms of physical activity on eyeblink classical conditioning. Behavioural Brain Research, 219, 165-174.

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