"I am a senior majoring in psychology with a biobehavioral concentration, and started working in Professor John Green's laboratory the summer after my sophomore year. I have since developed experience in many behavioral tasks using rodent animal models, including eye blink conditioning, set-shifting, acoustic startle, elevated plus maze, and stress induced hypothermia procedures. Through participating in research at the University of Vermont, I've had the opportunity to explore questions that have never been empirically answered. Both the encouragement and support of the faculty provide students with the type of enthusiasm that could one day change the world . The majority of my work in the Green Laboratory has focused on examining Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) rodent models using prefrontal dependent tasks. After receiving the Undergraduate Research Endeavors Competitive Award
(URECA) in the Fall of my junior year, I am now investigating relationships between voluntary exercise, anxiety, and learning mechanisms. After finishing my undergraduate work, I plan to continue my education by attending graduate or medical school."
Brittany placing a blocking arm on the set shifting maze. Animals are then placed in a 'start arm' and taught to recognize patterns which lead them to food.