The Pickens lab is located in the Department of Psychological Sciences of Kansas State University. This website exists to give some information to prospective undergraduates (who would like to work in the lab during the 2013-2014 school year) and prospective graduate students (for the 2014-2015 school year). If you are interested in potentially joining the lab, Dr. Pickens will be at the SFN conference in Chicago. Feel free to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The lab is currently operational, with 4 undergraduates assisting with an ongoing project to examine how long-term alcohol exposure can lead to problems with cognitive flexibility and decision-making in rats.
The lab will use behavioral, pharmacological, and neuroanatomical methods (lesions and inactivations, functional neuroanatomy and optogenetic techniques) to support two lines of research.
1: What is the neurobiological basis of increases in fear across the weeks following traumatic events (fear incubation)?
2: What is the role of the mediodorsal thalamus (MDT or MD) in the circuits involved in learning about rewards and aversive stimuli?