BSc (hons), MSc, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate
My research interests involve understanding fundamental neurobiological mechanisms of cognition. My previous research was centred on the role of the prefrontal cortex in visuospatial attention, impulsivity, and recognition memory, using methodologies such as, behaviour (operant and non-operant), micro-stimulation, optogenetics, pharmacology, and imaging.
My current research focuses on understanding the role of thalamo-cortical networks in higher cognitive functions. Specifically this work investigates how network interactions between the mediodorsal thalamus and interconnected cortical structures, supports adaptive decision making and associative learning (and memory). This is achieved through a multi-methodological approach involving behavioural training, electrophysiology, and MRI imaging techniques.
Differential roles for cortical versus sub-cortical noradrenaline and modulation of impulsivity in the rat
Benn A. and Robinson ESJ., (2017), Psychopharmacology, 234, 255 - 266
Optogenetic Stimulation of Prefrontal Glutamatergic Neurons Enhances Recognition Memory
Benn A. et al, (2016), The Journal of Neuroscience, 36, 4930 - 4939
Investigating glutamatergic mechanism in attention and impulse control using rats in a modified 5-choice serial reaction time task
BENN A., (2014), PLoS ONE
Defects in Glycosylation Impair Satellite Stem Cell Function and Niche Composition in the Muscles of the Dystrophic Large myd Mouse
Ross J. et al, (2012), STEM CELLS, 30, 2330 - 2341