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Christa K. Mcintyre Rodriguez

Cognition and Neuroscience
School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, UT Dallas
United States of America


Dr. Christa McIntyre is a leading researcher in the study of emotional modulation of memory storage. She investigates the physiological response to stress and its contribution to synaptic plasticity and memory. As part of this research, she found that stimulation of the vagus nerve promotes memory consolidation and synaptic plasticity while, at the same time, reducing anxiety. These findings suggest that vagus nerve stimulation may enhance the effects of treatments for anxiety disorders and posttraumatic stress disorders. Dr. McIntyre also uses behavioral pharmacology, optogenetics, and molecular approaches to study interactions of the amygdala, hippocampus and cortex during memory consolidation. Dr. McIntyre is a permanent member of the NIH biobehavioral regulation, learning and ethology study section and a review editor for the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. She was awarded the Aage Moller Teaching Award from the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, the Dissertation Fellowship at the University of Virginia, and the Roger Russell Award at the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory in Irvine, California. Dr. McIntyre earned her bachelor’s degree from American University and her PhD from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

Research Interest

Memory and cognition, quantitative models, neuroimaging, genomics, Nonverbal cognition with specific projects focused on human aging and memory, long-term memory for faces, perception of faces, eyewitness memory, and music cognition.

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