David J. Bucci

Chair, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Lincoln Filene Professor of Human Relations
Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences

My research is concerned with the brain mechanisms underlying learning, memory, and attention.  Current studies utilize modern behavioral, chemogenetic, neuroanatomical, and biochemical techniques in rodent models to examine the role of cortical structures and subcortical neurochemical systems in these processes.  The ultimate goal of this research is to further our understanding of basic mechanisms of information processing in the brain and ultimately relate these findings to the biological basis of cognitive dysfunction in humans.

6-3439
263 Moore Hall
HB 6207
Department(s): 
Cognitive Science
Psychological and Brain Sciences
Education: 
BA, Wesleyan University, 1990
PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1998

Selected Publications

More Citations on PubMed

Jiang, M.Y., DeAngeli, N.E., Bucci, D.J., and Todd, T.P. (in press) Retrosplenial cortex has a time-dependent role in memory for visual stimuli. Behavioral Neuroscience.

DeAngeli, N.E., Miller, S.B., Meyer, H.C, and Bucci, D.J. (2017) Increased sign tracking behavior in adolescent rats. Developmental Psychobiology, 59, 840-847.

Meyer, H.C. and Bucci, D.J. (2016) Imbalanced activity in the orbitofrontal cortex and nucleus accumbens impairs behavioral inhibition. Current Biology 26, 2834-2839.

Todd, T.P., Mehlman, M.L., Keene, C.S., DeAngeli, N.E., and Bucci, D.J. (2016) Retrosplenial cortex is required for the retrieval of remote memory for auditory cues. Learning and Memory, 23, 278-288.

Chang, S.E., Todd, T.P., Bucci, D.J., and Smith, K.S. (2015) Chemogenetic manipulation of ventral pallidal neurons impairs acquisition of sign- tracking in rats. European Journal of Neuroscience, 42, 3105-3116.

Robinson, S. Todd, T.P., Pasternak, A.R., Luikart, B.W., Skelton, P.D., Roth, B.L., Urban, D.J., and Bucci, D.J. (2014) Chemogenetic silencing of retrosplenial cortex neurons disrupts sensory preconditioning. Journal of Neuroscience, 34, 10982–10988.

Works in progress

Cortical mechanisms of stimulus processing and attention

Involvement of glio-transmitters in cognitive dysfunction

Cholinergic contributions to attentional dysfunction