Jennifer Quinn

Jennifer QuinnAssociate Professor
Contact Information:
Phone: (513) 529-3611
110 Psychology Building
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056

Teaching Interests:

Biopsychology; Neurobiology of Learning & Memory; Principles of Learning; Neuropsychopharmacology

Research Interests:

My research interests are in understanding the neurobiological mechanisms of behavior, with an emphasis on those processes that underly learning and memory.  I am fascinated with how parallel brain systems initially store and subsequently stabilize long-term memories, often representing differential aspects of the same experience.  As such, my research explores the behavioral, neuroanatomical, neurochemical and molecular bases of memory storage and retrieval within parallel circuits in rodents.

Professional Recognition:

  • NIH 1R15MH100689-01 Prediction error in contextual fear memory reconsolidation, 06/15/2013 – 06/14/2016, $401,121
  • Miami University’s CELTUA Major Teaching Project for Individual or Small Groups of Faculty Grant: Broadening Undergraduate Research Participation in Behavioral Neuroscience (2012-2014)
  • Miami University “Outstanding Professor Award” presented by Associated Student Government and Campus Activities Council (2011-12)
  • Miami University Psychology Department Psi Chi “Professor of the Year” Award (2008-2009)
  • Young Investigator Travel Award, Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (2007)
  • New York Academy of Sciences, James McKeen Cattell Dissertation Award (2005)
  • Joseph A. Gengerelli Distinguished Dissertation Award, UCLA (2004)

Representative Publications:

Pierson JL, Pullins SE & Quinn JJ. (2015). Infusions of CNQX into the dentate gyrus of the dorsal hippocampus disrupt expression of trace fear conditioning. Hippocampus, 25(7):779-785. doi: 10.1002/hipo.22413..

Kochli DE, Thompson EC, Fricke EA, Postle AF & Quinn JJ. (2015).  The amygdala is critical for trace, delay, and contextual fear conditioning. Learning & Memory, 22(2):92-100. doi: 10.1101/lm.034918.114.

Quinn JJ, Skipper RA & Claflin DI. (2014). Infant stress exposure produces persistent enhancement of fear learning across development. Developmental Psychobiology, 56(5):1008-1016. doi: 10.1002/dev.21181.

Beeman CL, Bauer PS, Pierson JL & Quinn JJ.  (2013). Hippocampus and medial prefrontal cortex contributions to trace and contextual fear memory expression over time. Learning & Memory, 20:336-343.

Quinn JJ, Pittenger C, Lee A, Pierson JL & Taylor JR.  (2013).  Striatum-dependent habits are insensitive to both increases and decreases in reinforcer value. European Journal of Neuroscience, 37:1012-1021.

Sanchez H*, Quinn JJ*, Torregrossa MM & Taylor JR.  (2010).  Reconsolidation of a cocaine-associated stimulus requires amygdalar protein kinase A. Journal of Neuroscience, 30:4401-4407.

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