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Psychology Core Faculty

 

 

Tim ShahanTim Shahan

Location:  EDUC 499
Office Phone:  435-770-7619
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Research Interests: Operant conditioning, attending,, conditioned reinforcement, behavioral persistence, drug self-administration, drug cues, quantitative analyses of behavior

 
 

Catalin BuhshiCatalin V. Buhusi

Email: catalin.buhusi@usu.edu
Location:  
EDUC 497/ USTAR 304
Office Phone:  435-797-7337
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Research is relevant to psychopathology ranging from Intellectual Disabilities, to Schizophrenia, Parkinson’s Disease, and Huntington’s Disease.

 
 

Mona BuhushiMona C. Buhusi

Email: mona.buhusi@usu.edu
Location:  
EDUC 424 / USTAR 304
Office Phone:  (435) 797-8974
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Research Interests: Understanding the pathogenesis of neuropsychiatric disorders in which neuronal wiring is abnormal, such as mental retardation or schizophrenia, and the first step towards the development of new therapies that would help neuronal rewiring after various insults or after neuronal grafting.

 
 

kerry JordanKerry Jordan

Location:  EDUC 473
Office Phone:  435-797-2797


Research Interests:
Cognitive development, multisensory processing, nonverbal cognition, category and concept representation, object based attention, numerical cognition, temporal perception, comparative cognition

 

kerry JordanChristopher Warren

Location:  EDUC 490
Office Phone:  435-265-5704


Research Interests:
I am interested in how the brain optimizes cognitive performance under varying circumstances. Anyone who has made a puzzlingly poor decision in a stressful moment realizes that the brain works differently in different contexts. I study the neuromodulatory actions underlying these differences. Neuromodulators such as norepinephrine and dopamine change the way that neurons communicate with each other. My research focuses on how these neuromodulatory systems mediate the impact of factors such as arousal/stress, environmental uncertainty, and motivational salience on learning, attention, and decision making. The central thesis of my work is that these neuromodulators tune cognition adaptively to a range of situations. I study the activity of neuromodulators in healthy human volunteers in several ways that can be grouped into two general approaches: (1) direct manipulation of neuromodulator levels in humans such as with psychopharmacology or neural stimulation; and (2) indirectly inferring neuromodulator activity through biomarkers sensitive to varying neuromodulator levels.