Dr. Peter Simson

Teaching Interests:

1) Neuropsychopharmacology of ethanol action, 2) Biological bases of affective disorders (in particular, changes in brain electrophysiology associated with depression), and 3) Noradrenergic modulation of memory.

Representative Publications:

Schneider, A.M., Simson, P.E., Atapattu, R. and Kirby, L.  (2011)  Stress-dependent modulation of passive-avoidance memory by propranolol or naloxone.  Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, 98, 539-543.

Schneider, A.M., Simson, P.E., Spiller, K., Adelstein, J., Vacharat, A.,  Short, K., and Kirby, L. (2009)  Stress-dependent enhancement and impairment of retention by naloxone:  evidence for an endogenous opioid system protective of memory.  Behavioral Brain Research, 205, 290-293.

Schneider, A.M., and Simson, P.E.  (2007)  NAN-190 potentiates the impairment of retention produced by swim stress.  Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, 87; 73-80.

Schneidr, A. M., & Simson, P. E. (2000). beta-noradrenergic blockade with propranolol enhances retention in a multi-trial passive-avoidance memory paradigm. Behavioral Neuroscience.

Matthews, D. B., & Simson, P. E. (1998). Prenatal exposure to ethanol disrupts spatial memory: effect of the training-testing delay period. Physiology and Behavior, 64, 63-67.

Yang, X., Criswell, H. E., Simson, P. E., Moy, S., & Breese, Gr. R. (1996). Evidence for a selective effect of ethanol on NMDA responses: ethanol affects a subtype of the ifenprodil-sensitive NMDA receptor, Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, 278, 114-124.

Matthews, D. B., Simson, P. E., & Best, P. J. (1996). Ethanol alters spatial processing of hippocampal place cells: a mechanism for impaired navigation when intoxicated. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 20, 404-407.