University of Vermont

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychological Science



The Biobehavioral Subprogram

Distinguishing Features

The Green Laboratory
The Green Laboratory

Strengths of the Subprogram

A particular strength of the Biobehavioral subprogram is the fusion of neurobiological methods with learning-theoretical approaches. Faculty combine expertise in behavior, neuroanatomy, cellular and molecular biology, behavioral genetics, and neurophysiology in a collaborative effort to examine mechanisms of learning, memory and emotion, often as they are represented in classical conditioning.

Current research themes that cut across all laboratories include:

  • Memory and memory retrieval processes
  • Core mechanisms of learning, including inhibition, attention, and extinction
  • Implications for understanding clinical problems including anxiety disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and relapse
  • Effects of exercise on anxiety and cognition

The Psychology Department is located in John Dewey Hall adjacent to the main campus green at UVM. The biobehavioral laboratories occupy approximately 4500 square feet of space on one floor of Dewey Hall. The facilities include wet lab space for conducting histological and molecular biological experiments. Equipment includes a purified water system, a Revco -80°C freezer, cryostat, microtome, and fume hood. We are also equipped with fluorescent, and light and dark field microscopes. Behavioral equipment includes various mazes and operant chambers. Additionally two surgical suites are available for performing small animal procedures.

We also have access to additional equipment through the UVM Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) in Neuroscience facilities.

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