Rebecca Derman

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B.S. in Psychology, CUNY Brooklyn

Research Mentor: Carrie Ferrario

I am interested in understanding the neural correlates of learning and motivation, with a specific interest in the manifestation and expression of maladaptive complusive behaviors such as addiction and compulsive over-eating. Of particular interest to me is the influence of Pavlovian cues in driving these maladaptive behaviors. On a neuronal level, I would like to gain a better understanding of the role of glutmatergic transmission in the Nucleus Accumbens (NAcc) in the expression of these maladaptive cue-driven behaviors.