Professor Robert Leaton, Ph.D., Yale University, 1963
Brain mechanisms underlying behavioral change, especially the change associated with habituation and conditioning.
Two major areas of research focus:
- Acoustic startle response: long-term habituation, associated cardiovascular changes, sensitization, and the modulating effects of fear conditioning.
- Assessment of medial cerebellar damage with particularly attention to the "emotional" changes associated with cerebellar damage.
Current and Future Classes: Winter 2003 - PBS 81 Drugs & Behavior
- Department of Psychological and Brain Science
- 6207 Moore Hall
- Hanover, NH 03755
- Office: (603) 646-3183
- 264 Moore
- Lab: (603) 646-0057
Office Hours: 9-10 MWF
- Leaton, R. N. and J. M. Kelso. The auditory pathways: Startle amplitude and fear in an acoustic startle response paradigm in rats. Psychobiology, 2000, in press.
- Pilz, P. K. D., & R. N. Leaton. Short-term and long-term habituation of the acoustic startle response as a function of stimulus rise time in rats. Psychobiology, 1999, 27(3), 402-414.
- Young, B. J. & Leaton, R. N. (1996). Amygdala central nucleus lesions attenuate acoustic startle stimulus-evoked heart-rate changes in rats. Behavioral Neuroscience, 1996, 110, 228-237.
- Leaton, R. N. Comment on Schicatano and Blumenthal (1994): Habituation or sensitization. Psychobiology, 1995, 23, 85-86.
- Young, B. J., & Leaton, R. N. Fear potentiation of acoustic startle stimulus-evoked heart-rate changes in rats. Behavioral Neuroscience, 1994, 108, 1065-1079.