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Spencer, Robert L Professor

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Research

research overview

  • Dr. Spencer's research is concerned with understanding the neurobiology of stress and circadian control of brain function. His laboratory is dedicated to determining the molecular, cellular and systems level response of the central nervous system to psychological stressors, and how that response may adapt as a result of prior stressor exposure. In addition, his laboratory studies the controlling mechanisms of a primary neuroendocrine stress response system, the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. A component of this research examines stress and circadian function interactions, especially in terms of their modulation of prefrontal cortex function. This basic research may have some relevance to understanding the underlying physiological changes that accompany clinical depression and other biomedical disorders that are associated with neuroendocrine dysfunction.

keywords

  • neurobiology of stress, stress response adaptation, glucocorticoid negative feedback control of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, circadian control of brain function, clock gene regulation, activity dependent gene expression

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Teaching

courses taught

  • NRSC 4011 Senior Thesis (Spring 2019)
  • NRSC 4841 Independent Study in Neuroscience (Spring 2019)
  • PSYC 4011 Senior Thesis (Spring 2019)
  • PSYC 4841 Independent Study (Upper Division) (Spring 2019)
  • PSYC 6841 Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • PSYC 8991 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2019)
  • NRSC 4011 Senior Thesis (Fall 2018)
  • NRSC 4092 Behavioral Neuroendocrinology (Fall 2018)
  • NRSC 5092 Behavioral Neuroendocrinology (Fall 2018)
  • NRSC 6100 Advances in Neuroscience Seminar (Fall 2018)
  • PSYC 4011 Senior Thesis (Fall 2018)
  • PSYC 4841 Independent Study (Upper Division) (Fall 2018)
  • PSYC 6841 Independent Study (Fall 2018)
  • PSYC 6951 Master's Thesis (Fall 2018)
  • PSYC 8991 Doctoral Dissertation (Fall 2018)
  • NRSC 4011 Senior Thesis (Spring 2018)
  • NRSC 4092 Behavioral Neuroendocrinology (Spring 2018)
  • NRSC 4841 Independent Study in Neuroscience (Spring 2018)
  • NRSC 5092 Behavioral Neuroendocrinology (Spring 2018)
  • PSYC 4011 Senior Thesis (Spring 2018)
  • PSYC 4841 Independent Study (Upper Division) (Spring 2018)
  • PSYC 6841 Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • PSYC 8991 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2018)

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