2012: Craig Cummings

Auburn University

In his Ph.D. program at Auburn University, Craig has been investigating three mouse strains in a variety of operant tasks to elucidate strain differences in reinforcer efficacy, learning, and spatial discrimination. These tasks provide several measures of “executive functioning” of interest in the study of behavior. For future projects, Craig will investigate attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in a potential mouse model of the disorder that has been proposed based on laboratory findings. In a second line of research, Craig is interested in investigating the effects of selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors on choice in a spatial discrimination reversal procedure with C57BL/6n mice. With the SABA grant Craig will use a specific version of a spatial-discrimination reversal procedure that will allow for the study of acute administrations of selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors and other pharmacological compounds with C57BL/6n mice. 


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