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Mark Stanton

Professor
Graduate Director, Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Graduate Program
University of Delaware
132A Wolf Hall
Newark, DE 19716
302-831-0175
Lab Address: 132 Wolf Hall
Lab Phone: 302-831-0687

Biography

Dr. Stanton is interested in the developmental psychobiology of learning and memory and its applications to developmental neurobehavioral disorders. His current research focuses on the development and neural bases of incidental learning using various contextual fear conditioning and novel object recognition paradigms. This work is an extension of his interest in ontogeny of multiple memory systems in rodents and humans that has involved the eyeblink conditioning paradigm. Dr. Stanton uses Pavlovian conditioning and novel-object paradigms in animal model studies of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). He also studies eyeblink conditioning in children with FASD through a collaboration with Drs. Joseph and Sandra Jacobson and their collaborators at the University of Capetown Health Sciences, South Africa. The broad goals of Dr. Stanton’s research are to better understand the ontogeny of brain memory systems in a manner that addresses mechanisms and treatments for FASD in human populations.

Degrees

​Ph.D., The University of Texas, Austin​, 1981

Courses Regularly Taught

PSYC312: Learning and Motivation

NSCI630: Integrative Neuroscience II

NSCI667: Developmental Behavioral Neuroscience (Seminar)

NSCI667: Learning, Memory and Brain (Seminar)

Recent Publications

Dr. Stanton's Pubmed Link

Pinizzotto, C.C., Heroux, N.A., Horgan, C.J. & Stanton, M.E. (2020) Role of dorsal and ventral hippocampal muscarinic receptor activity in acquisition and retention of contextual fear conditioning. Behavioral Neuroscience, 134(5):460-470.

Sanders, H.R., Heroux, N.A., & Stanton, M.E. (2020) Infant rats can acquire, but not retain contextual associations in object-in-context and contextual fear conditioning paradigms. Developmental Psychobiology, 62(8):1158-1164 [Epub May 22, 2020].

Miller, L.A., Heroux, N.A., & Stanton, M.E. (2020) NMDA receptors and the ontogeny of post-shock and retention freezing during contextual fear conditioning. Developmental Psychobiology, 62(3):380-385 [Epub Oct 17, 2019].

Heroux, N.A., Horgan, C.J., Rosen, J.B., & Stanton, M.E. (2019) Cholinergic rescue of neurocognitive insult following third-trimester equivalent alcohol exposure in rats. Neurobiology of Learning & Memory, [Epub June 8, 2019].

Miller, L.A., Heroux, N.A., & Stanton, M.E. (2019) Differential involvement of amygdalar NMDA receptors across variants of contextual fear conditioning in adolescent rats. Behavioral Brain Research, 356, 236-242, [Epub Aug 22, 2018].

Jablonski, S.A., Robinson-Drummer, P.A., Schreiber, W.B., Asok, A., Rosen, J.B., & Stanton, M.E. (2018) Impairment of the context preexposure facilitation effect in juvenile rats by neonatal alcohol exposure is associated with decreased Egr-1 mRNA expression in the prefrontal cortex. Behavioral Neuroscience, 132, 497-511 [Epub Oct 22, 2018].

Representative publications

Stanton, M.E., Murawski, N.J., Jablonski, S.A., Robinson-Drummer, P.A., & Heroux, N.A. Mechanisms of Context Conditioning in the Developing Rat. (2021) Neurobiology of Learning & Memory, Mar;179:107388. doi: 10.1016/j.nlm.2021.107388 [Epub ahead of print. Jan 20].

Stanton, M.E., Claflin, D.I., & Herbert, J.S., Ontogeny of Multiple Memory Systems: Eyeblink Conditioning in Rodents and Humans. In M.S. Blumberg, J.H. Freeman, Jr., and S.R. Robinson (Eds). Oxford Handbook of Developmental Behavioral Neuroscience. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010 (pp. 501-526).

Stanton, M.E. Multiple memory systems, development, and conditioning. Behavioral Brain Research, 2000, 110, 25-37.

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