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  • Mark Stanton, Professor

    University of Delaware
    132A Wolf Hall
    Newark, DE 19716


    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.


    ​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

    Westbrook SR, Brennan LE, Stanton ME. (2014) Ontogeny of object versus location recognition in the rat: acquisition and retention effects. Developmental Psychobiology, 56(7),1492-1506

    Schreiber, W.B., Asok, A., Jablonski, S.A., Rosen, J.B., Stanton, M.E. (2014) Egr-1 mRNA expression patterns in the prefrontal cortex, hippocampus, and amygdala during variants of contextual fear conditioning in adolescent rats. Brain Research, 1576, 63-72.

    Hamilton, G.F., Jablonski, S.A., Schiffino, F.L., St. Cyr, S.A., Stanton, M.E., & Klintsova, A.Y. (2014) Exercise and Environment as an Intervention for Neonatal Alcohol Effects on Hippocampal Adult Neurogenesis and Learning. Neuroscience, 265, 274-290.

    Cheng, D.T., Meintjes, E.M., Stanton, M.E., Desmond, J.E., Pienaar, M., Dodge, N.C., Power, J.M., Molteno, C.D., Disterhoft, J.F., Jacobson, J.L., & Jacobson, S.W. (2014) Functional MRI of cerebellar activity during eyeblink classical conditioning in children and adults. Human Brain Mapping, Human Brain Mapping, 35(4), 1390-1403.

    Dokovna, L.B., Jablonski, S.A., & Stanton, M.E. (2013) Neonatal alcohol exposure impairs contextual fear conditioning in juvenile rats by disrupting cholinergic function. Behavioural Brain Research, 248, 114-120.

    Murawski, N.J., Klintsova, A.Y., & Stanton, M.E. (2012) Neonatal alcohol exposure and the hippocampus in developing rats: Effects on behaviorally induced CA1 c-Fos expression, CA1 pyramidal cell number, and contextual fear conditioning. Neuroscience, 206, 89-99.

    Schiffino, F.L., Murawski, N.J., Rosen, J.B., & Stanton, M.E. (2011) Ontogeny and neural substrates of the context preexposure facilitation effect. Neurobiology of Learning & Memory, 95(2), 190-198.

    Jacobson, S.W., Stanton, M.E., Dodge, N.C., Pienaar, M., Fuller, D.S., Molteno, C.D., Meintjes, E.M., Hoyme, E.H., Robinson, L.K., Khaole, N., and Jacobson, J.L. (2011) Impaired delay and trace eyeblink conditioning in school-age children with fetal alcohol syndrome. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 35:250-264.

    Representative publications

    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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