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2015 EPA Convention
March 5–8, 2015 | Marriott Downtown | Philadelphia, PA

Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer

Structural Plasticity and the Adult Brain

It is now generally accepted that the adult mammalian brain is structurally plastic. The hippocampus shows an unusual degree of structural change in adulthood. Experience shapes the adult brain, and experience-dependent changes in brain structure are associated with changes in brain function. Recent work implicates glial cells as important mediators of brain plasticity in adulthood. These findings, as well as efforts to get the word out about brain plasticity and psychological science in general, will be discussed.

Elizabeth Gould, PhD
Princeton University (NJ)

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Elizabeth Gould is Psychology Department Chair and Dorman T. Warren Professor of Psychology and the Neuroscience Institute at Princeton University (NJ). She received her PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles and did her postdoctoral training at the Rockefeller University (NY) under the mentorship of Dr. Bruce McEwen. For the past two decades, Dr. Gould has studied structural plasticity in the mammalian brain. She pioneered work studies demonstrating that the adult brain is capable of producing new neurons, a process known as adult neurogenesis. Her work focuses on the regulation of brain structure by experience including stress, obesity, physical activity, and parenting, findings that have implications for normal brain function and brain repair. As a result of her work on adult neurogenesis, Dr. Gould was awarded the NARSAD Distinguished Investigator award, the Royal Society of the Arts Benjamin Franklin award, an honorary doctorate in Science from Chapman University (CA), and the Feinstein award for outstanding women in science.















 

Deborah Harris-O'Brien, PhD
Trinity Washington University
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STEERING COMMITTEE
Joyce Jagielo, PhD
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Katherine Marsland, PhD
Southern Connecticut State University

Maria Parmley, PhD
Assumption College

Ludo Scheffer, PhD
Drexel University (PA)

Joseph Giardino
Fordham University

Christopher D. Hill, MS

Howard University (DC)

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