Stephen Cowen

Associate Professor, Cognition/Neural Systems Director, Decision Making and Learning Laboratory

Stephen Cowen

Associate Professor, Cognition/Neural Systems Director, Decision Making and Learning Laboratory

Research Interests: 

  • Understanding how the coordinated activities of groups of neurons and the release of dopamine in the brain contribute to learning, memory consolidation during sleep, and navigation.
  • Exploring how communication between neurons is disrupted in aging and Parkinson’s disease.
  • Development of novel instrumentation for visualizing and modulating brain activity, measuring dopamine release, and quantifying behavior to further the above research objectives.

Updated: 07/05/22

Selected Publications: 

  • Cowen S.L., Nitz D.A. (2014) Repeating Firing Fields of CA1 Neurons Shift Forward in Response to Increasing Angular Velocity, Journal of Neuroscience, 34(1):232-41.
  • Miller M.A., Thomé A, Cowen S.L. (2013) Intersection of Effort and Risk: Ethological and Neurobiological Perspectives, Frontiers in Neuroscience, 7:208.
  • Cowen S.L., Davis G.A., Nitz D.A. (2012) Anterior cingulate neurons in the rat map anticipated effort and reward to their associated action sequences. Journal of Neurophysiology 107(9):2393–2407.
  • Cowen, S.L. and McNaughton, B.L (2007) Selective delay activity in the medial prefrontal cortex of the rat: The contribution of sensory-motor information and contingency. Journal of Neurophysiology, 98(1):303-16.
  • Maurer, A.P., Cowen, S.L., Burke, S.N., Barnes, C.A. and McNaughton, B.L. (2006) Phase precession in hippocampal interneurons showing strong functional coupling to individual pyramidal cells. The Journal of Neuroscience, 26:13485-13492.

 

Courses Taught:

  • PSY 230 - Measurement & Statistics (2020)
  • PSY 413 - Drugs and the Brain (2022)
  • PSY 506A - Neural Encoding, Memory, & Computation in the Mammalian Brain (2019)
  • PSY 510 - Graduate Statistics Fundamentals (2021)

Updated: 07/13/22

Degrees

  • Ph.D.
Faculty Core Faculty Cognition & Neural Systems
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Psychology 507 (Office)
Life Sciences North 347 (Lab)