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ILSUN WHITE, Professor,
Program/Dept: Psychology
Degrees, Licensures and Certifications: Ph.D., Indiana University Bloomington
Research Interests: Dr. White's main focus is to examine the mechanisms by which the prefrontal-basal ganglia system mediates cognitive processes, such as abstract rule-learning in both animals and humans.In addition, the involvement of the mesolimbic dopamine system in drug addiction is being examined, employing a model that combines behavioral, neuropharmacological, and neurophysiological approaches to investigate behavioral processes.
Research Topics:
The prefrontal-basal ganglia system in higher-order learning in rats and humans
Gender difference in drug abuse and stress: Involvement of hippocampus and amygdala
Stress and stress hormones on learning and social interaction
Exposure to alcohol and drugs during development and its long-term consequences in learning and social interaction
Glutamate and dopamine modulation on learning and social interaction
Contact Info:
411A Reed Hall
Phone: 606.783.2991


Dr. Ilsun White received a Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience from the Department of Psychology at Indiana University in Bloomington. Her research focuses primarily on neural basis of higher order learning and neuropharmacology of drug abuse and addiction. Dr. White teaches Advanced Physiological Psychology, Drugs and Behavior, Female Brain, Introduction to Psychology and Physiological Psychology.

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