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Steve Fountain
Psychological Sciences 
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Megan E. Miller
Graduate Student

Jessica L. Sharp

Graduate Student




Undergrads, join FountainLab!

Research Opportunities in Behavioral Neuroscience

Undergraduate RAs - Summer 2016:

Julia Fouty, Nate Hasso, Alyssa Paglio


Are you interested in becoming a Research Assistant (RA) in the Fountain lab?  You need to do the following:

      Download and complete an application for an RA position in our lab.

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      >  E-mail the application to us.

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If you qualify and opportunities are available, we will interview you.  You can earn college credit for research activities.

Former FountainLab RAs



Research Interests

Animal Cognition & Neuroscience

Parallel Processing in Rat Cognition

Brain Systems & Complex Cognition

How Adolescent Drugs Harm Adult Cognition


 Recent Publications

Garlick, D., Fountain, S. B., & Blaisdell, A. P.  (In press).  Serial pattern learning in pigeons: Rule-based or associative? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition.

Renaud, S. M., & Fountain, S. B.  (In press). Transgenerational effects of adolescent nicotine exposure in rats: Evidence for cognitive deficits in adult female offspring. Neurotoxicology and Teratology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ntt.2016.06.002

Chenoweth, A. M., & Fountain, S. B.  (2016). Strategy breakdown following muscarinic blockade in rats.  Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 131, 83-86. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nlm.2016.03.005 

Muller, M. D., & Fountain, S. B. (2016).  Concurrent cognitive processes in rat serial pattern learning: II. Discrimination learning, rule learning, chunk length, and multiple-item memories. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 105, 155-175. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jeab.186

Rowan, J. D., McCarty, M. K.*, Kundey, S. M. A., Osburn, C. D.*, Renaud, S. M., Kelley, B. M., Matoushek, A. W., & Fountain, S. B.  (2015). Adolescent exposure to methylphenidate impairs serial pattern learning in the serial multiple choice (SMC) task in adult rats.  Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 51, 21-26.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ntt.2015.07.007

Renaud, S. M., Pickens, L. R. G., & Fountain, S. B. (2015). Paradoxical effects of injection stress and nicotine exposure experienced during adolescence on learning in a serial multiple choice (SMC) task in adult female rats. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 48, 40-48. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ntt.2014.12.003

Chenoweth, A. M., & Fountain, S. B. (2015). Central muscarinic cholinergic involvement in serial pattern learning: atropine impairs acquisition and retention in a serial multiple choice (SMC) task in rats. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 123, 18-27. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nlm.2015.04.003

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Upcoming Annual Scientific Conferences

2016 Sept. 29-Oct.2 Pavlovian Society, Jersey City, NJ.  Pavlovian Society
2016 Nov. 12-16 Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA.  Society for Neuroscience
2016 Nov. 17 Fall meeting of the International Conference on Comparative Cognition, Boston, MA (satellite meeting before the Psychonomic Society annual meeting).  Comparative Cognition Society


Apr. 19-22 International Conference on Comparative Cognition, Melbourne, FL.  Comparative Cognition Society



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KSU Psychological Sciences Poster Templates






The Serial Multiple Choice (SMC) task - developed in the FountainLab - is implemented in nosepoke octagonal chambers to study the psychological and neural basis of complex cognitive learning and memory in rats.


Touchscreen versions of the SMC task and other widely-used tasks are also being developed to study the neurobiology and psychopharmacology of complex cognitive learning and memory in rats.



Animal Cognition & Neuroscience

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