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Derek Hamilton


Photo: Derek Hamilton
(505) 277-3060
Logan Hall Rm 166
Lab Website
Curriculum vitae

Research Area/s:

Cognition, Brain and Behavior

Research Interests:

  • Behavioral and neurobiological consequences of prenatal ethanol exposure
  • Neurobiology of learning and memory
  • Social behavior
  • Spatial navigation
  • Synaptic plasticity and structural plasticity

Selected Publications

  • Rodriguez, C. I., Davies, S., Calhoun, V., Savage, D.D., & Hamilton, D. A. (2016). Moderate prenatal ethanol exposure alters functional connectivity in the adult rat brain. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, in press.
  • Hamilton, D.A., & Brigman, J.L. (2015). Behavioral flexibility in rats and mice: Contributions of distinct frontocortical regions. Genes, Brain, and Behavior, 14, 4-20.
  • Bird, C.W., Candelaria-Cook, F.T., Magcalas, C.M., Davies, S., Valenzuela, C.F., Savage, D.D., & Hamilton, D.A. (2015). Moderate prenatal alcohol exposure enhances GluN2B containing NMDA receptor binding and ifenprodil sensitivity in rat ventrolateral frontal cortex.  PLoS ONE, 10(3):e0118721.
  • Hamilton, D.A., Barto, D., Rodriguez, C.I., Magcalas, C., Fink, B.C., Rice, J.P., Bird, C.W., Davies, S., & Savage, D.D. (2014). Effects of moderate prenatal ethanol exposure and age on social behavior, spatial response perseveration errors and motor behavior. Behavioural Brain Research, 269, 44-54.
  • Knierim, J.J., & Hamilton, D.A. (2011). Framing spatial cognition: Neural representations of proximal and distal reference frames and their role in navigation.  Physiological Reviews, 91, 1245-1279.

Courses Taught

  • Psychology 240 : Brain and Behavior

  • Psychology 260 : Psychology of Learning and Memory

  • Psychology 347/547 : Drugs and Behavior

  • Psychology 540 : Biological Bases of Behavior


Graduate Students:

Daniel Barto

Spatial discrimination learning.

Carlos Rodriguez

Effects of fetal ethanol exposure on functional network connectivity. 

Christy Magcalas

The role of glutamatergic receptors in frontal cortex function and related behaviors.

Breannan Howell

Affect and learning/memory.

If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies with Dr. Hamilton please contact him by email.