Mark Bouton

Biobehavioral Psychology

Mark Bouton

Mark Bouton

Robert B. Lawson Green and Gold Professor

  • B.A. Williams College, 1975
  • Ph.D. University of Washington, 1980
C.V. (PDF)
Phone: (802) 656-4164
Room: 354

Office Hours: Monday 2:00-3:00 or by appointment

Assistant Director, Neuroscience Graduate Program

The goal of my research is to understand the basic mechanisms of learning, memory, and emotion that are represented in Pavlovian and instrumental learning, two of the most fundamental examples of associative learning that we know. I have been especially interested in extinction and other inhibitory processes in learning and memory, and how "contexts," or cues that are present in the background whenever learning and remembering occur, control them. In Pavlovian and instrumental learning, the context can include external cues provided by the setting or environment, the internal state created by drugs, emotions, recent events, and even the passage of time. Members of my lab and I study all of these things. I am especially interested in:

Bouton Laboratory
Research in the Bouton Laboratory examines basic behavioral processes in learning, memory and emotion, and how time and context influence them.

Green and Gold Professorship
The Robert B. Lawson Green and Gold Professorship was established in 2010 by the Segal & Davis Family Foundation of Charlestown, W.V., in honor of Dr. Robert B. Lawson, who retired in May of 2010 from UVM's Department of Psychological Science. The professorship was founded to support teaching, service and research in the Department of Psychological Science.

Representative Publications


Learning and Behavior: A Contemporary Synthesis Learning and Behavoir

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