College of Natural
and Social Sciences
Department of Psychology
Office: King Hall A3038
One of my main professional goals is to encourage women and
ethnic minorities to pursue research careers in behavioral
neuroscience. To this end, I try to expose my students to the
many career options within Psychology and also try to infuse a
passion for the puzzle-solving nature of research in my
teaching and mentoring.
Because of my research background in cognitive and
behavioral neuroscience, I particularly enjoy teaching
Physiological Psychology, Experimental Research Methods, as
well as graduate seminars in Neuropsychology,
Neuropharmacology, and Advanced Experimental Design. In order
to better involve students in research I try to stimulate
critical thinking and encourage the development of unique
research questions in their area of interest.
In addressing my research questions I favor the use of an
animal model. My main interests include: Uncovering the neural
mechanisms important for flexible cognition and behavior,
exploring the factors contributing to reward-related
decision-making, and studying the neuropharmacology of
executive function. It is my hope that all such research can
contribute to a better understanding (and treatment) of
diseases such as OCD, PTSD, addiction/relapse, and Impulse
PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
|Wellman CL, Izquierdo A,
Garrett JE, Martin KP, Carroll J, Millstein R, Lesch KP,
Murphy DL, and Holmes A (2007) Impaired stress-coping
and fear extinction and abnormal corticolimbic
morphology in serotonin transporter knock-out mice.
The Journal of Neuroscience 27: 684-691.
|Izquierdo A and Murray EA
(2007). Selective bilateral amygdala lesions in rhesus
monkeys fail to disrupt object reversal learning. The
Journal of Neuroscience 27: 1054-1062.
|Izquierdo A, Wellman CL,
Holmes A (2006). Stress causes rapid dendritic
retraction in infralimbic cortex and impairs fear
extinction in mice. The Journal of Neuroscience
|Izquierdo A, Wiedholz LM,
Millstein RA, Yang RJ, Bussey TJ, Saksida LM, and Holmes
A (2006). Genetic and dopaminergic modulation of
reversal learning in a touchscreen-based operant
procedure for mice. Behavioural Brain Research
and Murray EA (2005).
Opposing effects of amygdala and orbital prefrontal
cortex lesions on the extinction of instrumental
responding in macaque monkeys. European Journal of
Neuroscience 22: 2341-2346.
Suda RK, and Murray EA (2005). Comparison of the effects
of bilateral orbital prefrontal cortex lesions and
amygdala lesions on emotional responses in rhesus
monkeys. The Journal of Neuroscience 25:
Suda RK, and Murray EA (2004). Bilateral orbital
prefrontal cortex lesions in rhesus monkeys disrupt
choices guided by both reward value and reward
contingency. The Journal of Neuroscience
24: 7540 – 7548.
|Izquierdo A and
Murray EA (2004). Combined unilateral lesions of the
amygdala and orbital prefrontal cortex impair affective
processing in rhesus monkeys. Journal of
Neurophysiology. 91: 2023-2039.
Parker A, Lindner CCC, Izquierdo AD, Murray EA (2000).
Control of response selection by reinforcer value
requires interaction of amygdala and orbital prefrontal
cortex. The Journal of Neuroscience. 20(11):
Louden T, Aiyer A, Izquierdo A, Drews C, Lambert SR
(2000). Visual outcome after contact lens and
intraocular lens correction of neonatal monocular
aphakia in monkeys. Investigative Opthamology &
Visual Science. 41:110-119.
Ph.D. Cognitive Neuropsychology 2003
- The George Washington University
in partnership with
- The National Institutes of Health
and Bethesda, MD
B.S. Biology and Psychology 1996
- Emory University