Amy Griffin, Associate Professor
University of Delaware
113 Wolf Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Griffin received her Ph.D. in 2003 from Miami University, where she studied
neural activity patterns underlying rabbit classical conditioning under the
direction of Stephen Berry. For her
post-doctoral work, Dr. Griffin had a joint appointment in the laboratories
of Michael Hasselmo and Howard Eichenbaum in the Center for Memory and Brain
at Boston University recording populations of single hippocampal neurons
during memory task performance in rats, supported through an NRSA
postdoctoral fellowship from the National Institutes of Mental Health. In 2007, Dr. Griffin joined the University
of Delaware Psychology Department. The
focus of her research program is exploring the neural mechanisms of memory
using two main approaches: investigating the effects of discrete brain region
inactivation on memory task performance and the recording of populations of
single neurons in freely moving rats during memory tasks. Together, these approaches are aimed at
discovering the neural mechanisms driving memory-guided behavior.
Courses Regularly Taught
NSCI629: Integrative Neuroscience I
NSCI320: Introduction to Neuroscience
PSYC314: Brain and Behavior
PSYC167: Zen and the Brain
A.L. (2015) Role of the thalamic nucleus reuniens in mediating interactions
between the hippocampus and medial prefrontal cortex during spatial working
memory. Front. Syst. Neurosci. 9:29.
Hallock H.L., Wang A., Shaw C.L., & Griffin, A.L. (2013) Transient inactivation of the
nucleus reuniens produces deficits of a working-memory dependent visuospatial
conditional discrimination task. Behav
Hallock, H.L., Arreola, A.R., Shaw, C.L., Watson, G.D.R. & Griffin, A.L. (2013). Dissociable Roles of
the Dorsal Striatum and Dorsal Hippocampus in Conditional Discrimination and
Spatial Alternation T-Maze Tasks. Neurobiol Learn Mem 100: 108-116.
Hallock, H.L. & Griffin, A.L. (2013). Dynamic coding of dorsal
hippocampal neurons between tasks that differ in structure and memory demand.
Hippocampus 23: 169-186.
Griffin, A.L., Eichenbaum, H., & Hasselmo, M.E. (2007). Spatial
representations of CA1 hippocampal neurons are modulated by behavioral
context in a hippocampus-dependent memory task. J Neurosci 27: 2416-2423.
Lee I., Griffin A.L., Zilli, E.A., Eichenbaum, H., & Hasselmo, M.E.
(2006). Gradual translocation of spatial correlates of neuronal firing in the
hippocampus towards prospective reward locations. Neuron 51: 639-650.
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