Hillary R. Rodman
Associate Professor of Psychology
Office: PAIS 381
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Department of Psychology
36 Eagle Row
Atlanta, GA 30322
Dr. Rodman received a B.A. in Psychology from Yale University in 1981 and a Ph.D. in Psychology and Neuroscience from Princeton University in 1986. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in comparative neurobiology at UC San Diego and a position as research staff scientist at Princeton before joining the Emory faculty in 1995.
- Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology (NBB)
- Emory University Sleep Consortium
- PSYC 190: Freshman Seminar: Brain Challenge and Sports Performance
- PSYC 209: Perception and Action
- PSYC 324 / NBB 370: Sleep and Dreaming, Brain and Mind
- PSYC 420WR: Psychobiology of Visual Perception
- PSYC 550: Fundamentals of Systems Neuroscience
- PSYC 770R: Neurobiology & Applications of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms
Plasticity, development, evolution and modular organization of cerebral cortex and the visual system, particularly extrastriate cortex, species and individual differences in the neural substrates of cognition and behavior, mechanisms of recovery after brain injury, ’Blindsight’ and face recognition.
1) Reorganization after damage to visual and cognitive brain systems early in development
2) Comparative organization of vision and the visual system
How do the brains of highly visual species such as squirrels differ from those of less visual species (rats and hamsters) regarding organization of main visual structures? Comparative neuroscience seeks to identify components of brain systems which make up the ‘common plan’, to identify variations in brain structure that correlate with species and individual differences in behavior, and help understand evolutionary relationships. Our studies to date show that highly visual rodents (ground squirrels) have an overall organization of the visual cortical mantle that is strikingly similar to that of diurnal primates, along with compelling differences. We ask questions such as whether rodents show cortical and subcortical specializations for form and motion vision similar to those in primates, and how vision and behavior are expressed differently in nocturnal vs. diurnal species and individuals.
3) Lighting, time of day, and circadian influences on behavior
How do ambient lighting and individual activity patterns impact psychological states through specific visual pathways? How might differential exposure to light during development help ‘organize’ sensory and affective brain circuits and behaviors? Recently, we found both time-of-day and lighting effects on the perception of faces by human subjects. We are beginning studies using
experimental manipulations of lighting in gerbils (which show individual differences in activity patterns similar to human chronotypes) to test hypotheses about the effects of different types and timing of lighting on emotional behavior and activation of relevant brain circuits.
- Effects of ambient light on the development of brain and behavior (gerbils)
- Reorganization of frontal parvalbumin populations after early hippocampal damage (monkeys)
- Comparative organization of rodent visual thalamus (squirrels, other rodents)
- Interactions of music, music experience, and sleep (humans)
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