University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychological Science

John Green

Biobehavioral Psychology

John Green

John Green
Professor, Chair

  • B.A. Drexel University, 1990
  • M.A. Temple University, 1996
  • Ph.D. Temple University, 1998
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    Phone: (802) 656-4163
    Room: 206

    My research interests are in the neurobiology of learning and memory. I am interested in both the neural and the psychological mechanisms underlying learned behaviors. More specifically, my lab has used eyeblink classical conditioning as a model system for examining learning and the functions of the cerebellum in both the intact brain and in rat models of human clinical conditions. The basic eyeblink conditioning procedure is well-understood at both the behavioral and the neural levels and provides an excellent laboratory model of associative learning. Eyeblink conditioning lends itself to the experimental study of learning and brain-behavior relationships because the learned response, an eye blink to a previously neutral stimulus, is easily measureable and quantifiable.

    More recently, my lab has also been using a set-shifting maze task to examine striatum- and prefrontal-dependent learning and memory. This task is similar to the Wisconsin Card Sorting task used in humans. The initial learning phase of the task relies on the dorsolateral striatum in rodents while the set-shifting phase of the task engages medial prefrontal cortex.

    My current research interests include:

    • Cellular mechanisms of cerebellum-dependent learning and memory
    • The effects of voluntary exercise on striatum- and prefrontal-dependent learning and memory

    Representative Publications

    • Eddy, M. C., Todd, T. P., Bouton, M. E., & Green, J. T. (2016). Medial prefrontal cortex involvement in the expression of extinction and ABA renewal of instrumental behavior for a food reinforcer. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 128, 33-39. PMID: 26723281
    • Fuchs, J. R., Robinson, G. M., Dean, A. M., Schoenberg, H. E., Williams, M. R., Morielli, A. D., & Green, J. T. (2014). Cerebellar secretin modulates eyeblink classical conditioning. Learning & Memory, 21, 668-675. PMID: 25403455.
    • Eddy, M. C., Stansfield, K. J., & Green, J. T. (2014). Voluntary exercise improves performance of a discrimination task through effects on the striatal dopamine system. Learning & Memory, 21, 334-337. PMID: 24934332.
    • Eddy, M. C., Rifken, K. M., Toufexis, D. J., & Green, J. T. (2013). Gonadal hormones and voluntary exercise interact to improve discrimination ability in a set-shift task.  Behavioral Neuroscience, 127, 744-754. PMID: 23978149.
    • Williams, M. R., Fuchs, J. R., Green, J. T., & Morielli, A. D. (2012). Cellular mechanisms and behavioral consequences of Kv1.2 regulation in the rat cerebellum. Journal of Neuroscience, 32, 9228-9237. PMID: 22764231

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