David J. Bucci

Chair, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
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.

263 Moore Hall
HB 6207
Cognitive Science
Psychological and Brain Sciences
BA, Wesleyan University, 1990
PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1998

Selected Publications

More Citations on PubMed

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.

Meyer, H.C. and Bucci, D.J. (2014) The ontogeny of learned inhibition. Learning & Memory, 21, 143-152.

Robinson, A.M. and Bucci, D.J. (2014) Physical exercise during pregnancy enhances object recognition memory in adult offspring. Neuroscience, 256, 53-60.

Robinson, S., Poorman, C.A., Marder, T.J., and Bucci, D.J. (2012) Identification of functional circuitry between retrosplenial and postrhinal cortices during fear conditioning. Journal of Neuroscience, 32, 12076-12086.

Hopkins, M.E., Davis, F.C., VanTieghem, M., Whalen, P.J., and Bucci, D.J. (2012) Differential effects of acute and regular physical exercise on cognition and affect.  Neuroscience, 215, 59-68.

Potter, A.S., Bucci, D.J., and Newhouse, P.A. (2012) Manipulation of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors differentially affects behavioral inhibition in human subjects with and without disordered baseline impulsivity.  Psychopharmacology, 220, 331-340.

Works in progress

Cortical mechanisms of stimulus processing and attention

Involvement of glio-transmitters in cognitive dysfunction

Cholinergic contributions to attentional dysfunction