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Michael Fanselow [Edit Page]

Distinguished Professor

Behavioral Neuroscience

Contact Information

Office: 8643 FH

Phone: (310) 206-3891


Research and Teaching Interests

Dr. Fanselow's laboratory is interested in the nature and
function of fear. A series of questions of particular interest
is how fear is learned and how fear memories are stored in the
brain. That research concentrates its efforts on forebrain
regions such as the amygdala, hippocampus and neocortex. In
terms of neurotransmitter systems we have been concentrating
our effort on glutamate, GABA and acetycholine. More than
simply tracing the circuits, we are trying to determine the
specific contributions that different components of the circuit
contribute to the complete experience of an emotional memory.
Another important question is how fear memories are translated
into specific behavior patterns. That work primarily focuses
on the midbrain periaqueductal gray. The laboratory uses rat
and mouse models featuring site specific pharmacological
manipulations, focal brain lesions and genetic modifications.
Much of the current work examines behavior in genetically
modified mice. But our mission is to use every technique
available to derive a complete understanding of fear-motivated
behavior. Visit the Fanselow research Lab website for more
information and more publications

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