About Us

The Behavioral Neuroscience Program within the Department of Psychological Sciences is home to nine core faculty who administer MS and PhD programs in Neuroscience and the Undergraduate Minor in Neuroscience. In addition to these primary academic programs, BNS faculty lead the Murine Behavioral Neurogenetics Facility and the UConn Brain & Behavior in Tel Aviv Study Abroad Program, and co-teach the Neuroscience Study Abroad Program in Salamanca, Spain.

BNS researchers use a wide variety of approaches to study the relationship between the nervous system and behavior, with a focus on electrophysiological, neurochemical, and computational analyses of sensory, motor, motivational, and cognitive processes.

Research within BNS is highly interdisciplinary. Interaction across different laboratories is strongly encouraged, and these interactions are augmented by collaborations with colleagues in many other programs both at UConn and at other research institutions.

Recent Publications

R Chasse, A Malyshev, RH Fitch, M Volgushev (2021) Altered Heterosynaptic Plasticity Impairs Visual Discrimination Learning in Adenosine A1 Receptor Knock-Out Mice. Journal of Neuroscience 41 (21), 4631-4640. [link]

PA Perrino, SJ Chamerlain, IM Eigsti, RH Fitch (2021) Communication‐related assessments in an Angelman syndrome mouse model. Brain and Behavior 11 (1), e01937. [link]

RE Presby, RA Rotolo, EM Hurley, SM Ferrigno, CE Murphy, HP McMullen, PA Desai, EM Zorda, FB Kuperwasser, C Carratala-Ros, M Correa, JD Salamone (2021) Sex differences in lever pressing and running wheel tasks of effort-based choice behavior in rats: Suppression of high effort activity by the serotonin transport inhibitor fluoxetine. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior 202, 173115. [link]

VA Ilin, Q Bai, AM Watson, M Volgushev, EA Burton (2021) Mechanism of pacemaker activity in zebrafish DC2/4 dopaminergic neurons. Journal of Neuroscience 41 (18), 4141-4157. [link]

X Zhai, F Khatami, M Sadeghi, F He, HL Read, IH Stevenson, MA Escabi (2020) Distinct neural ensemble response statistics are associated with recognition and discrimination of natural sound textures. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 117 (49), 31482-31493. [link]

Y Bereshpolova, X Hei, JM Alonso, HA Swadlow (2020) Three rules govern thalamocortical connectivity of fast-spike inhibitory interneurons in the visual cortex. Elife 9, e60102. [link]

AN Palmisano, RS Astur (2020) Nicotine Facilitation of Conditioned Place Preference to Food Reward in Humans. Substance Use & Misuse 55 (13), 2156-2164. [link]

JH Yang, R Presby, A Jarvie, R Rotolo, RH Fitch, M Correa, and JD Salamone (2020) Pharmacological studies of effort-related decision making using mouse touchscreen procedures: effects of dopamine antagonism do not resemble reinforcer devaluation by removal of food restriction. Psychopharmacology 237, 33–43. [link]

A Ghanbari, N Ren, C Keine, C Stoelzel, B Englitz, HA Swadlow, IH Stevenson (2020) Modeling the short-term dynamics of in vivo excitatory spike transmission. Journal of Neuroscience 40 (21), 4185-4202. [link]

R Troha, D Dong, and EJ Markus (2020) Observational learning of a shifting goal location in rats: Impact of distance, observed performance, familiarity, and delay. Journal of Neuroscience Methods 335, 108617. [link]

R Presby, R Rotolo, JH Yang, M Correa, and JD Salamone (2020) Lisdexamfetamine suppresses instrumental and consummatory behaviors supported by foods with varying degrees of palatability: Exploration of a binge-like eating model. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior 189, 172851. [link]

A Ghanbari, C Lee, HL Read, and IH Stevenson (2019) Modeling stimulus-dependent variability improves decoding of population neural responses. Journal of neural engineering 16, 6. [link]

SL Lee, D Lew, V Wickenheisser, and EJ Markus (2019) Interdependence between dorsal and ventral hippocampus during spatial navigation. Brain and Behavior 9, 10. [link]

M Sadeghi, X Zhai, IH Stevenson, and MA Escabí (2019) A neural ensemble correlation code for sound category identification. PLoS Biology 17(10): e3000449. [link]

C Chen, HL Read, MA Escabí (2019) A temporal integration mechanism enhances frequency selectivity of broadband inputs to inferior colliculus. PLoS Biology 17:6, e2005861. [link]

M Chistiakova, V Ilin, M Roshchin, N Bannon, A Malyshev, Z Kisvárday, and M Volgushev (2019) Distinct Heterosynaptic Plasticity in Fast Spiking and Non-Fast-Spiking Inhibitory Neurons in Rat Visual Cortex. Journal of Neuroscience 39 (35), 6865-6878. [link]

Rotolo RA .. Salamone JD (2019) The Novel Atypical Dopamine Uptake Inhibitor (S)-CE-123 Partially Reverses the Effort-Related Effects of the Dopamine Depleting Agent Tetrabenazine and Increases Progressive Ratio Responding. Frontiers in Pharmacology 10:682. [link]

Rosenkrantz TS, Hussain Z, Fitch RH (2019) Sex Differences in Brain Injury and Repair in Newborn Infants: Clinical Evidence and Biological Mechanisms. Frontiers in pediatrics. 2019;7. [link]

Bereshpolova Y, Stoelzel CR, Su Chuyi, Alonso JM, and Swadlow HA (2019) Activation of a visual cortical column by a directionally selective thalamocortical neuron. Cell Reports, 27: 3733-3740. [link]

JA Honeycutt and JJ Chrobak (2018) Parvalbumin loss following chronic sub-anesthetic NMDA antagonist treatment is age-dependent in the hippocampus: Implications for modeling NMDA hypofunction. Neuroscience 393, 73-82. [link]

IH Stevenson (2018) Omitted variable bias in GLMs of neural spiking activity. Neural Computation 30 (12), 3227-3258. [link]

AF Osman, CM Lee, MA Escabí, HL Read (2018) A hierarchy of time scales for discriminating and classifying the temporal shape of sound in three auditory cortical fields. Journal of Neuroscience 38 (31), 6967-6982. [link]

Ghanbari A, Malyshev A, Volgushev M, and Stevenson IH (2017) Estimating short-term synaptic plasticity from pre- and postsynaptic spiking. PLoS Computational Biology 13(9): e1005738. [link]

Bannon NM, Chistiakova M, Chen JY, Bazhenov M, Volgushev M (2017) Adenosine shifts plasticity regimes between associative and homeostatic by modulating heterosynaptic changes. The Journal of Neuroscience 37:1439-1452. [link]