Alexander Johnson

Alexander   Johnson
  • Associate Professor
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


PhD, Behavioral Neuroscience, Cardiff University, 2006


Curriculum Vitae: Alexander Johnson


Dr. Johnson's research interests are in uncovering the neuronal mechanisms of learning and motivation. Current projects include the modulation of food intake and procurement via learning, the transition to habitual behavior that follows addiction, and elucidating endophenotypes of mental illness in animal models. To this end, I use complex appetitive behavioral procedures based on contemporary learning theory, together with sophisticated neuroscience techniques, which include optogenetics, pharmacological inactivation procedures, functional anatomical techniques and the use of immediate early gene markers, for behavioral circuit analyses. In a continuation of my translational research interests, I am also interested in mechanisms of learning and decision-making in humans.

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