The Roger B. Loucks Lectureship

Roger B Loucks

Professor Roger B. Loucks (1903-1987) received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1930, and completed further training at Rockefeller University and Johns Hopkins University before joining the faculty at the University of Washington in 1936. He served on the faculty here until his retirement in 1968, interrupted only during World War II when served as Senior Psychologist with the Army and Air Force.

Professor Loucks investigated many aspects of the physiology of learning and memory throughout a long and distinguished career. Among other accomplishments, he developed one of the initial methods for manipulating the electrical activity of the brain of awake, behaving animals and thus helped pave the way for the contemporary study of the brain and behavior, especially as it applies to learning. He was also one of the first scientists in the U.S. to demonstrate unambiguously that Pavlovian conditioning is a genuine phenomenon.

The Roger Loucks Lectureship in the Neurophysiological Bases of Learning and Memory was established by an endowment from the estate of Professor Loucks, and sponsors one or more annual lectures and visits by outstanding scholars who have achieved recognition in the field of Neurophysiological Psychology. The UW Department of Psychology named the Lectureship in honor of Professor Loucks to recognize and pay tribute to an important pioneer in the fields of physiological psychology (now termed behavioral neuroscience) and the neurophysiology of learning and memory.

Previous Roger B. Loucks Lecturers

Carol A. Barnes, University of Arizona
Aging and the Hippocampus: The Good and Bad News

Alcino J. Silva, University of California, Los Angeles
Molecular and Cellular Cognition: Unraveling the Mechanisms of Memory

Richard Thompson, University of Southern California
In Search of Memory Traces

Claudio V. Mello, Oregon Health and Science University
Mapping Vocal Communication Pathways in Birds with Inducible Gene Expression

Michael M. Merzenich, University of California-San Francisco
Contributions of Brain Learning Mechanisms to Adult & Developmental Disability Genesis: Important Implications for Neurorehabilitation

Helen Neville, University of Oregon
Rewiring the Human Brain: Birth to Three & Beyond

Bermundez-Rattoni, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
Cortical Cholinergic Regulation of Memory Formation

Larry R. Squire, VA Medical Center, San Diego
Memory Systems of the Brain

Fernando Nottebohm, Rockefeller University
Neurogenesis & Neuronal Replacement in the Adult Brain

Tim Tully, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Vertical & Horizontal Integration of Genes Involved with Memory

William T. Greenough, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
Cellular Approaches to Memory & Mental Retardation Syndrome

Raymond Kesner, University of Utah
A behavioral analysis of the contribution of the hippocampus and parietal cortex to the processing of information: Interactions and dissociations

Daeyeol Lee, Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Neurobiology
Repeated games and neural basis of decision making

Thomas J. Carew, Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, University of California
How Time Flies: the Molecular Architecture of Memory

Mark E. Bouton, University of Vermont
Context and memory processes in extinction: Some implications for understanding relapse

Michael S. Fanselow, University of California, Los Angeles
Competition and Compensation in the Circuitry Mediating Contextual Fear

Center for Integrative Neuroscience Symposiums
Keynote Speakers

2013: Flipping the Switch: The Neurobiology of Addition 
   A. David Redish, University of Minnesota
   David Belin, University of Poitiers, France

2012: Functional Aspects of Adult Neurogenesis
   Gerd Kempermann, Center of Regenerative Therapies Dresden
   Gary Westbrook, Oregon Health & Science University

2011: Learning & Memory: Mechanism, Function, Applications 
   Richard Morris, University of Edinburgh
   Lynn Nadel, University of Arizona

2010:  Baby Brains:  The Development of Functional Neural Circuits
   Marla Feller, University of California, Berkeley
   Leah Krubitzer, University of California, Davis

2009:  The Neurobiology of Decision & Reward
   Barry Richmond, National Institutes of Health
   Wolfram Schultz, University of Cambridge