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Florida Atlantic University & Max Planck Florida Institute - Integrative Biology and Neuroscience

Integrative Biology and Neuroscience Faculty - Dr. Bob Stackman


Dr. Bob Stackman

(561) 297-2270

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Center for Complex Systems & Brain Sciences
College of Science
Florida Atlantic University

Research Description

My lab employs a systems level approach to investigate the brain mechanisms that underlie complex behaviors such as learning, memory and spatial navigation. We use multiple techniques, including neuropharmacological tools and electrophysiological methods, to examine how the brain stores and represents information. Our research focuses on the hippocampal formation, an essential brain structure for memory and navigation. The hippocampal formation is compromised by aging and Alzheimer's disease. One goal of this work is to identify mechanisms that might be useful targets for the development of novel treatments of age-related cognitive decline.

Research Interests

  • Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
  • Spatial Navigation
  • Brain Representations of Space (i.e., place cells and head direction cells)
  • Mouse Models of Alzheimer's disease


  • Ph.D., Rutgers University, Behavioral Neuroscience (1995)

Recent Publications

  • Rabinowitz, A., Cohen, S.J., Finn, D.A., Stackman, R.W., Jr. (2014) The neurosteroid allopregnanolone impairs object memory and contextual fear memory in male C57BL/6J mice. Horm Behav 66:238-246.
  • Cohen SJ, Munchow AH, Rios LM, Zhang G, Ásgeirsdóttir HN, Stackman RW, Jr. 2013. The rodent hippocampus is essential for nonspatial object memory. Current Biology 23: 1685-1690.
  • Zhang G, Ásgeirsdóttir HN, Cohen SJ, Munchow AH, Barrera MP, Stackman RW, Jr. 2013. Stimulation of serotonin 2A receptors facilitates consolidation and extinction of fear memory in C57BL/6J mice. Neuropharmacology 64: 403-413.
  • Stackman RW, Jr., Lora JC, Williams SB. 2012. Directional responding of C57BL/6J mice in the Morris water maze is influenced by visual and vestibular cues and is dependent on the anterior thalamic nuclei. Journal of Neuroscience 32: 10211-10225.

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