Faculty Associate

Barbara Oswald

Barbara Oswald, Associate Professor
Department of Psychology

Office: Mosler Hall 547, Hamilton

My research interests focus on understanding the neurobiology of learning and memory: brain structures and neurotransmitters that regulate encoding, storage, and retrieval of memories. Most recently, my research has focused on evaluating the role of the prefrontal cortex on learning and memory. I use a model of rabbit eyeblink conditioning to determine the effects of permanent and temporary brain damage on acquisition and retention of a learned response. Our research has shown that select regions of the prefrontal cortex may differentially regulate initial learning and later retrieval. This research has important implications for victims of brain damage affecting the prefrontal cortex and associated structures.