Office Hours: By appointment only
Status: On sabbatical Fall semester 2012 and Spring semester 2013
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:
Research in the Bouton Laboratory examines basic behavioral processes in learning, memory and emotion, and how time and context influence them.
BooksLearning and Behavior: A Contemporary Synthesis