Dr. Gretchen Hanson Gotthard
Associate Professor, Psychology & Neuroscience
With my joint appointment in the neuroscience and psychology departments, I have the opportunity to teach a variety of courses related to behavioral neuroscience.
Research, Scholarship or Creative/Artistic Interests
How are memories disrupted? And once disrupted, is memory loss permanent, or can “lost” memories be recovered? Our lab examines questions of consolidation, reconsolidation and retrieval using rats and human participants. Researchers in our rat lab use appetitively-motivated tasks where rats are trained to dig for buried sweet cereal rewards. We employ pharmacological agents (e.g., protein synthesis inhibitors) to disrupt (re)consolidation in our rat model. Researchers in our human memory lab employ virtual reality as a means to create episodic-like memory and monitor nondeclarative memory (e.g., classically conditioned responses). We examine a variety of visuospatial methods for interrupting (re)consolidation. The ultimate goal of our human memory lab is to apply our work to aspects of treatment for memory-based forms of human psychopathology (e.g., anxiety and depression).