Understanding how the brain learns and remembers has been a major goal of neuroscience for decades. This is a daunting challenge. For example, the human brain is estimated to be composed of over 100 billion cells and many trillions of connections. Further, neither the cells nor their connections are static; they are changing all of the time in response to experience.
Professor John Green, chair of the psychological sciences program addresses one of the central questions of his research: where do we even begin to look for brain changes that are triggered by a particular learning experience?
Professor Green’s lab and many others have studied the learning-related involvement of relatively small numbers of brain cells in discrete brain areas.
Research on the cellular machinery supporting learning and memory is not only fascinating but is also critical for developing effective treatments for disorders of learning and memory.
John T. Green earned his PhD from Temple University in 1998 and did his postdoctoral work at Indiana University. He has been a faculty member at UVM since 2003. His research interests are in the neurobiology of learning and memory. His work spans basic research in behavioral neuroscience, research with models of clinical conditions, and the beneficial effects of exercise on learning and memory. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed papers and several book chapters and his work has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, as well as from UVM.
The College of Arts and Sciences Full Professor Lecture Series was designed to recognize faculty newly promoted to full professor rank.