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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:

Hanusch, B., Ayanru, A., & Powers, A.S. (2021).  Housing experience affects adult neurogenesis in turtles (Chrysemys picta). Behavioral Neuroscience, 135(1), 24-31.

Napoli, A. J., & Powers, A. S. (2020). Brain evolution and comparative neuroanatomy. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester [DOI:]

Naimoli, V., Donnelly-Greenberg, J., Gabel, N. M., Libby, D. J., Panigrosso, E. R., Rhindress, K., & Powers, A. S. (2018). The role of acetylcholine in attention in turtles (Chrysemys picta). Brain, Behavior, and Evolution. DOI: 10.1159/000492052

Powers, A. S. (Ed.). (2016).  The role of adult neurogenesis in plasticity: Evolutionary insights.  Brain, Behavior, and Evolution, 87, 139-222

Powers, A. S. (2016).  Plasticity in adult neurogenesis in amphibians and reptiles: More questions than answers.  Brain, Behavior, and Evolution, 87, 175-183. 10.1159/000447047