Catherine Thorn

Assistant Professor - Behavioral and Brain Sciences
 
+1(972) 883-7234
BSB13.331
Motor and Habit Learning Lab
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Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - EECS
MIT - 2010
S.M. - Electrical Engineering
MIT - 2004
B.S. - Electrical Engineering
Georgia Tech - 2002

Research Areas


Research in the Motor and Habit Learning Lab aims to understand how we learn new motor skills and develop the many motor habits we use every day. Motor learning is supported by the learning and memory circuitry of the basal ganglia and related structures — including the neocortex, thalamus and many neuromodulatory systems. We use rodent models of motor learning to study the neuronal changes that lead to improved performance and habitual behaviors.

Publications

A Highly Selective MNK Inhibitor Rescues Deficits Associated with Fragile X Syndrome in Mice 2020 - Journal Article
Preparation of peripheral nerve stimulation electrodes for chronic implantation in rats 2020 - Journal Article
Vagus nerve stimulation promotes cortical reorganization and reduces task-dependent calorie intake in male and female rats 2020 - Journal Article
Erratum: Striatal, Hippocampal, and Cortical Networks Are Differentially Responsive to the M4- And M1-Muscarinic Acetylcholine Receptor Mediated Effects of Xanomeline (ACS Chemical Neuroscience(2019) 10: 3 (1753-1764)) DOI: 10.1021/acschemneuro.8b00625 2019 - Journal Article
Striatal, Hippocampal, and Cortical Networks Are Differentially Responsive to the M4- and M1-Muscarinic Acetylcholine Receptor Mediated Effects of Xanomeline 2019 - Journal Article
Muscarinic receptor subtype distribution in the central nervous system and relevance to aging and Alzheimer's disease 2018 - Journal Article
Design and Synthesis of γ- And δ-Lactam M1 Positive Allosteric Modulators (PAMs): Convulsion and Cholinergic Toxicity of an M1-Selective PAM with Weak Agonist Activity 2017 - Journal Article
Effects of M1 and M4 activation on excitatory synaptic transmission in CA1 2017 - Journal Article
Neural mechanisms of transient neocortical beta rhythms: Converging evidence from humans, computational modeling, monkeys, and mice 2016 - Journal Article
Differential entrainment and learning-related dynamics of spike and local field potential activity in the sensorimotor and associative striatum 2014 - Journal Article

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