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GRADUATE  STUDENTS

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

Fall 2019

Simon Balikos, Spencer Holst, Ryan Noble, Emily Miles, Rachael Lowe

Join FountainLab!  Are you interested in becoming a Research Assistant (RA) in the Fountain lab?  You can earn course credit that counts toward your major or upper-level college requirements.

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Katherine H. Dyer

Katherine H. Dyer, M.A.

Second Year Graduate Student

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Claire C. Jackman, B.S.

Second Year Graduate Student

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Stephen B. Fountain, Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Psychological Sciences

     and Brain Health Research Institute

Kent State University

RECENT & UPCOMING EVENTS

Tri-State+ Conference on Animal Learning & Behavior

2019.May.3-4
Oakland University
  • Claire C. Jackman, Katherine H. Dyer, Jessica L. Sharp, and Stephen B. Fountain (Kent State University). Sex differences and scopolamine effects in rat serial pattern learning and retention.
  • Jessica L. Sharp, Katherine H. Dyer, Claire C. Jackman, and Stephen B. Fountain (Kent State University). Interference differentially impairs retention in serial pattern learning.
  • Katherine H. Dyer, Claire C. Jackman, Jessica L. Sharp, and Stephen B. Fountain (Kent State University). Serial pattern acquisition and effects of central cholinergic challenge in a touchscreen task for rats.

Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting

2019.October.19-23
Chicago, IL

International Conference on Comparative Cognition (CO3)

2020.April.1-4
Melbourne Beach, FL
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CURRENT RESEARCH

 

The Serial Multiple Choice (SMC) task for rats in an octagonal operant chamber

The Serial Multiple Choice (SMC) task, developed in the FountainLab, is implemented in nosepoke octagonal operant chambers.  This paradigm is currently being used to study the psychological and neural basis of complex cognitive learning and memory in rats, the role of cholinergic neurotransmission in complex cognition, and the effects of adolescent drug exposure on adult cognition.

  • Muller, M. D., & Fountain, S. B. (2016).  Concurrent cognitive processes in rat serial pattern learning: II. Discrimination learning, rule learning, chunk length, and multiple-item memories. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 105, 155-175.

  • Sharp, J. L., Miller-Cahill, M. E., Riccio, D. C., & Fountain, S. B. (2018). Serial pattern retention in male and female rats.  Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 155, 578-582.

  • Jackman, C. C., Dyer, K. H., Sharp, J. L., & Fountain, S. B. (2019, April). Sex differences and scopolamine effects in rat serial pattern learning and retention. Poster presented at the 26th annual meeting of the International Conference on Comparative Cognition, Melbourne, FL.

  • Sharp, J. L., Dyer, K. H., Jackman, C. C., & Fountain, S. B. (2019, April). Interference differentially impairs retention in serial pattern learning. Poster presented at the 26th annual meeting of the International Conference on Comparative Cognition, Melbourne, FL.

Touchscreen SMC task and other behavioral paradigms in a touchscreen apparatus for rats

Touchscreen versions of the SMC task and other widely-used tasks are also being used to study the psychology, neurobiology, and psychopharmacology of complex cognitive learning and memory. 

  • Garlick, D., Fountain, S. B., & Blaisdell, A. P.  (2017).  Serial pattern learning in pigeons: Rule-based or associative? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition, 43, 30-47. http://psycnet.apa.org/doi/10.1037/xan0000109

  • Dyer, K. H., Jackman, C. C., Sharp, J. L., & Fountain, S. B. (2019, April). Serial pattern acquisition and effects of central cholinergic challenge in a touchscreen task for rats. Poster presented at the 26th annual meeting of the International Conference on Comparative Cognition, Melbourne, FL.

Muscarinic neurotransmission and cognition

  • Chenoweth, A. M., & Fountain, S. B.  (2015). Central muscarinic cholinergic involvement in serial pattern learning: atropine impairs acquisition and retention in a serial multiple choice (SMC) task in rats.  Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 123, 18-27.

  • Chenoweth, A. M., & Fountain, S. B.  (2016). Strategy breakdown following muscarinic blockade in rats.  Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 131, 83-86.

  • Jackman, C. C., Dyer, K. H., Sharp, J. L., & Fountain, S. B. (2019, April). Sex differences and scopolamine effects in rat serial pattern learning and retention. Poster presented at the 26th annual meeting of the International Conference on Comparative Cognition, Melbourne, FL.

  • Dyer, K. H., Jackman, C. C., Sharp, J. L., & Fountain, S. B. (2019, April). Serial pattern acquisition and effects of central cholinergic challenge in a touchscreen task for rats. Poster presented at the 26th annual meeting of the International Conference on Comparative Cognition, Melbourne, FL.

Effects of adolescent drug expsoure on adult cognitive capacity

  • Rowan, J. D., McCarty, M. K.*, Kundey, S. M. A., Osburn, C. D.*, Renaud, S. M., Kelley, B. M., Matoushek, A. W., & Fountain, S. B.  (2015). Adolescent exposure to methylphenidate impairs serial pattern learning in the serial multiple choice (SMC) task in adult rats.  Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 51, 21-26.

  • Renaud, S. M., & Fountain, S. B.  (2016).  Transgenerational effects of adolescent nicotine exposure in rats:  Evidence for cognitive deficits in adult female offspring. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 56, 47-54.

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