Donald A. Wilson

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Donald Wilson

Professor, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Physiology


Contact Info

Address
1 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10016

646/754-5159
Donald.Wilson@nyumc.org


Research Interests

My lab and I are interested in how the mammalian brain processes and remembers information. As a model system we focus on rat discrimination and memory for odors. Using electrophysiological, behavioral, neuroanatomical and pharmacological approaches, we explore the neurobiology of memory and the role of experience in sensory system function. The underlying hypothesis of much of our work is that memory plays a critical role in even basic sensory discrimination. In addition, we are interested in how experience and pathology across the life span can influence sensory system function and perception. For example, we are interested in how disruptions of even very simple neural mechanisms during early development can lead to a cascade of long-lasting consequences for brain and behavior, and how the deposition of amyloid proteins in the brain in an animal model of Alzheimer's disease shape sensory coding and perception. An overview of our understanding of odor perception is summarized in the TEDx talk linked above.

Neurobehavioral Assessment of Maternal Odor in Developing Rat Pups: Implications for Social Buffering
Al Ain, Syrina; Perry, Rosemarie E; Nunez, Bestina; Kayser, Kassandra; Hochman, Chase; Brehman, Elizabeth; LaComb, Miranda; Wilson, Donald A; Sullivan, Regina M. Neurobehavioral Assessment of Maternal Odor in Developing Rat Pups: Implications for Social Buffering. Social neuroscience. 2016 Mar 22;:1-18 (2009342)

Stimulation-induced transient changes in neuronal activity, blood flow and N-acetylaspartate content in rat prefrontal cortex: a chemogenetic fMRS-BOLD study
Baslow, Morris H; Cain, Christopher K; Sears, Robert; Wilson, Donald A; Bachman, Alvin; Gerum, Scott; Guilfoyle, David N. Stimulation-induced transient changes in neuronal activity, blood flow and N-acetylaspartate content in rat prefrontal cortex: a chemogenetic fMRS-BOLD study. NMR in biomedicine. 2016 Oct 3;29(12):1678-1687 (2273962)

Neural Representation of Odor-Guided Behavior in the Rat Olfactory Thalamus
Courtiol, Emmanuelle; Wilson, Donald A. Neural Representation of Odor-Guided Behavior in the Rat Olfactory Thalamus. Journal of neuroscience. 2016 Jun;36(22):5946-5960 (2124872)

The Olfactory Mosaic: Bringing an Olfactory Network Together for Odor Perception
Courtiol, Emmanuelle; Wilson, Donald A. The Olfactory Mosaic: Bringing an Olfactory Network Together for Odor Perception. Perception. 2016 Sep 28;:?-? (2262742)

Default mode network deactivation during odor-visual association
Karunanayaka, Prasanna R; Wilson, Donald A; Tobia, Michael J; Martinez, Brittany E; Meadowcroft, Mark D; Eslinger, Paul J; Yang, Qing X. Default mode network deactivation during odor-visual association. Human brain mapping. 2016 Oct 27;:?-? (2288772)