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Alice Powers, Ph.D.


Office: Psychology B-300
Phone: (631) 632-8728

Bryn Mawr College (1969)
Research Professor, Integrative Neuroscience

Research Interests:

Evolution of brain and behavior, learning and memory, adult neurogenesis, motor control, neural mechanisms of startle and blink, habituation.

Current Research:

We study the brains and behavior of turtles in order to understand the evolution of the brain.  Currently we are investigating the role of adult neurogenesis in learning in the turtle brain.  We are also studying the role of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in memory and attention in turtles. 

Representative Publications:

Mneimne, M., Wellington, R., Walton, K., & Powers, A. S. (2015). Beyond arousal: Valence, dominance, and motivation in the lateralization of affective memory.  Motivation and Emotion, 39, 282-292.

Powers, A. S. (November 2014) Brain evolution and comparative neuroanatomy. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester [DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0000088.pub3]

Kaminer, J., Powers, A. S., Horn, K., Hui, C., & Evinger, C. (2011).  Characterizing the spontaneous blink generator: An animal model.  Journal of Neuroscience, 31, 11256-11267.

Powers, A. S., Basso, M. A., & Evinger, C. (2013).  Blinks slow memory-guided saccades.   Journal of Neurophysiology, 109, 734-741. 

Powers, A. S. (2013).  Adult neurogenesis in mammals and nonmammals: Commentary on Kempermann (2012).   Brain, Behavior, and Evolution, 81, 206-208.

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