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Root, David H Assistant Professor


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research overview

  • We utilize molecular, electrophysiological, imaging, and viral-based approaches to define, observe, and manipulate the specific neurons and pathways that govern seeking rewards, aversion avoidance, addiction, and depression.


  • reward, aversion, addiction, self-administration, depression, learning, ventral tegmental area, dopamine, gaba, glutamate


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courses taught

  • NRSC 4011 - Senior Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Critically reviews topics in neuroscience research, scholarly analysis of a major neuroscience issue, and/or empirical research project. See the neuroscience director for further information.
  • NRSC 4032 - Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Provides a comprehensive treatment of how the brain acquires, stores, and retrieves memories. To do this we will consider (a) the methods used to address these issues, (b) what we know about how brain systems are organized to support memories of different types,and (c) the synaptic mechanisms that are involved. Same as NRSC 5032.
  • NRSC 7102 - Topics in Neuroscience
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2019
    Advanced seminar dealing with different specialized topics in neuroscience. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.


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