Gabriel Holguin

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Graduate Student, Cognition & Neural Systems
Faculty Advisor: Stephen Cowen
  • B.A. Psychological Science, California State University San Marcos, 2016 
  • M.A. Psychological Science, California State University San Marcos, 2018 
Research Interests: 
  • Learning & Memory
  • Alzheimer's & Parkinson's Disease
  • Pro-cognitive effects of ketamine
My primary interests are in the neurobiological basis of learning and memory, and how these cognitive domains are altered in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. As a 2nd-Year Graduate Student in Dr. Stephen Cowen's lab, I am exploring frequencies in the hippocampus that are correlated with string-pulling speed. My future projects will involve investigating the pro-cognitive effects of ketamine, and how it may alleviate levodopa-induced dyskinesia in Parkinson's disease rats.
I earned a bachelor's degree from California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) where I studied the effects of the neuropeptide, hypocretin, on maternal depressive-like behavior in mice. I then obtained a master's degree specializing in stress response and neuropsychological test performance among young adults with and without a family history of Alzheimer's disease. I then worked as a psychological assistant administering neuropsychological batteries to patients who were experiencing memory impairment and cognitive decline. Meanwhile, I enjoyed teaching psychology courses at CSUSM and Palomar College. I am enjoying my second year living in Tucson as I work toward my Ph.D. at the University of Arizona.
Selected Publications: 
Marijuana use among adolescent multiple tobacco product users and unique risks of dual tobacco and marijuana use.
Pulvers, K., Ridenour, C., Woodcock, A., Savin, M., Holguin, G., Hamill, S., & Romero, D. 
Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 2018 189, 80-89. IF = 3.222
Internet-based advertising claims and consumer reasons for using electronic cigarettes by device type in the U.S.
Pulvers, K., Sun, J. Y., Zhuang, Y. L., Holguin, G., & Zhu, S. H.
Tobacco Regulatory Science, 2017 3(4), 516-524.
Courses Taught: 
  • PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology 
  • PSYC 230 Research Methods 
  • PSYC 336 Abnormal Psychology 
  • PSYC 360 Biopsychology
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