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Neuroscience

Faculty

Neuroscience faculty members are active researchers who are committed to excellence in teaching. Their research interests include: neurotransmitter oxidation; neuropeptides; attention to and perception of visual and auditory stimulation; neurobiology; developmental regulation of neurotransmitter systems; neuropeptide structure and function; programming of motor movements; and neural mechanisms of learning and memory.

George Gescheider, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Emeritus

ggeschei@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: brain and behavioral patterns, psychophysics, and sensory physiology.
A member of the Hamilton faculty since 1964, George Gescheider specializes in brain and behavioral patterns, psychophysics, and sensory physiology. More >>

Gescheider's most recent research has contributed to the identification of specific receptor systems responsible for the perception of mechanical stimuli.

He is a member of nine professional societies and has received the Pentagon Society Award for Excellence in Teaching, the National Service Award, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professorship, and is a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America.

Alexandra List, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology

alist@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: cognitive neuroscience of perception and attention, experimental psychology, cognitive psychology, and human neuropsychology.
Alexandra List joins Hamilton as an assistant professor in the Psychology Department and Neuroscience Program. More >>

List earned both her bachelor's degree in cognitive science and Ph.D. in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. She received NIH National Research Service Awards for both her doctoral and post-doctoral research.

List's research has focused on understanding how we perceive and attend to visual, auditory and haptic information in our environment, for which she has employed a variety of human cognitive neuroscience techniques. Her work has been published in various journals, including Cognition, Brain, the Journal of Vision, Neuropsychologia and the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.

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Ravi Thiruchselvam, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology

rthiruch@hamilton.edu
Ravi Thiruchselvam joins Hamilton College as an assistant professor of psychology. He grew up in Toronto, and completed his Ph.D. in psychology at Stanford University. More >>

Thiruchselvam's research aims to understand affective phenomena -- more specifically, the control of emotion and its relationship to psychopathology -- by utilizing tools in cognitive neuroscience. At Stanford, he was awarded the Psychology Department's Hastorf Prize for Excellence in Teaching. His research has been published in various journals, including Psychological Science, Biological Psychology, and the International Journal of Psychophysiology.

Douglas Weldon, Ph.D., The Stone Professor of Psychology

dweldon@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: behavioral neuroscience and psychopharmacology.
Douglas Weldon earned his Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo. More >>

Weldon’s research interests include the brain mechanisms of attention, the developmental neurobiology of learning and memory, and the role of calcium-binding proteins in neural plasticity. 

He is a recipient of a National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Mental Health, and his work has been published in journals including Behavioral Neuroscience, Behavioural Brain Research and the Journal of Neuroscience Education

Weldon teaches courses in behavioral neuroscience and psychopharmacology and received the Samuel and Helen Lang Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2010.

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David Gapp, Ph.D., The Silas D. Childs Professor of Biology

dgapp@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: endocrinology of reptiles, with a focus on the action and evolution of gastrointestinal and pancreatic hormones.
David Gapp concentrates on comparative endocrinology of reptiles, with a focus on the action and evolution of gastrointestinal and pancreatic hormones. More >>

His recent identification of "diabetes" in a local population of snapping turtles may provide an interesting model to pursue the study of this serious metabolic disease that affects a significant portion of the American population.

Gapp has written and reviewed manuscripts for notable journals including The Journal of Comparative Endocrinology and Physiological Zoology, and he has received research grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

Herm Lehman, Ph.D., Professor of Biology

hlehman@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: neurotransmitters.
Herm Lehman's research is focused on the development and function of neurotransmitters. More >>

Neurotransmitters are molecules released by neurons and mediate communication throughout the nervous system. Thus, the proper expression and maintenance of neurotransmitter levels is a critical, yet largely unknown, aspect of the metabolism of the neuron.

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