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Benjamin Clark

Assistant Professor

Photo: Benjamin Clark
Logan Hall Rm 174
Ph.D., Psychological and Brain Sciences, Dartmouth College
Lab Website

Research Area/s:

Cognition, Brain and Behavior

Research Interests:

  • Neurobiology of spatial orientation, navigation, and memory
  • Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and spatial memory
  • Alcohol exposure and spatial memory
  • High-density electrophysiology in behaving animals
  • Viral-mediated circuit mapping and functional connectivity

Selected Publications

  • Clark BJ, Harvey RE. (2016). Do the anterior and lateral thalamic nuclei make distinct contributions to spatial representation and memory? Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 133:69-78.
  • Mesina L, Wilber AA, Clark BJ, Dube S, Demecha A, Stark CEL, McNaughton BL. (2016). A methodological pipeline for serial-section imaging and tissue realignment for whole-brain functional and connectivity assessment. Journal of Neuroscience Methods. 266:151-160.
  • Winter SS*, Clark BJ*, Taube JS. (2015) Disruption of the head direction cell network impairs the parahippocampal grid cell signal. Science, 347(6224):870-874. *Contributed equally

Courses Taught

  • Psychology 240: Brain and Behavior
  • Psychology 344: Human Neuropsychology
  • Psychology 345: Neuroscience of Aging and Dementia
  • Psychology 540: Biological Bases of Behavior


Graduate Students

  • Laura Berkowitz--Limbic system structural change and spatial disorientation in Alzheimer's disease
  • Ryan Harvey--Preatal alcohol exposure and hippocampal and cortical (place cell, grid cells, and head direction cell) mechanisms of spatial memory impairment
  • Lilliana Sanchez--Prenatal alcohol exposure and episodic-like memory in an object-place paired associate task

Note:  If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies in my laboratory for the Fall 2018 semester, please contact me ( and apply to our program by Dec. 2017.  Good GRE scores and academic performance are expected.  Emphasis will be placed on research experience, publications/presentations, and letters of reference.