Dr. Mark Galizio, Professor
Ph.D. University of
My research interests are in psychopharmacology and the experimental analysis of behavior.
My students and I are currently working on a project investigating the effects of abused drugs such as MDMA (ecstasy), methamphetamine and methylphenidate (Ritalin) on learning and memory in rats. We use some of the same behavioral procedures to try to determine whether some experimental compounds might be able to enhance learning and memory processes. Currently we are exploring whether drugs that act on various sub-receptors of GABA and acetylcholine systems of the brain might act as “cognitive enhancers”.
I also have interests in the field of comparative cognition: seeking the roots of human conceptual behavior in non-humans. Graduate and undergraduate students are active collaborators in all of my research.
For more information about my research and for my class web pages please visit my web site at: http://people.uncw.edu/galizio/galizio.htm.
Galizio, M., Deal, M., Hawkey, A. & April, L. B. (2013). Working memory in the odor span task: effects of chlordiazepoxide, dizocilpine (MK801), morphine, and scopolamine. Psychopharmacology, 225, 397-406.
April, L. B., Bruce, K. & Galizio, M. (2011) Matching- and non-matching-to-sample concept learning in rats using olfactory stimuli. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 96, 123-138
MacQueen, D. A, Bullard, L. & Galizio, M. (2011). Effects of dizocilpine (MK801) on olfactory span in rats. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 95, 57-63.
Maisto, S., Galizio, M., & Connors, G. (2011). Drug use and abuse. Sixth Edition. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth-Cengage Press.