Alice Powers, Ph.D.
Evolution of brain and behavior, learning and memory, adult neurogenesis, motor control, neural mechanisms of startle and blink, habituation.
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.
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 http://www.els.net/ [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.