Advisor: Dr. Mary Cain
Description of Research
“There is no scientific study more vital to man than the study of his own brain. Our entire view of the universe depends on it.” - Francis H. C. Crick
Our brains are wonderfully complex and fascinating organs. We know so much about them and yet we know so very little. In general, I am interested in understanding the effects that stress has on the brain and vice versa. More specifically, I am curious about the role that stress plays in learning and memory, as well as in drug-taking behaviors. Additionally, I’m interested in the role that the rearing environment has in these behaviors. By gaining a better understanding of the relationship between stress and these aspects of behavior, we can begin to develop methods and treatments to combat stress-related disorders and behaviors, as well as drug-taking behaviors.
Reinhardt, E. K., & Cain, M. E. (2013). The effects of an enriched and isolated rearing environment on the acquisition and extinction of Pavlovian conditioned fear in the rat. Manuscript submitted for publication.
*indicates undergraduate student author
Reinhardt, E. R., & Cain, M. E. (2013, April). The effects of an enriched and isolated rearing environment on the acquisition and extinction of Pavlovian conditioned fear in the rat. Poster presented at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Symposium on Motivation, Lincoln, NE.
Reinhardt, E. K.,& Cain, M. E. (2012, October). Differential rearing and the acquisition of Pavlovian conditioned fear. Poster presented at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
Reinhardt, E. K., Gill, M. J., & Cain, M. E. (2010, November). The effects of environmental enrichment on Pavlovian conditioned fear. Poster presented at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.
*Reinhardt, E. K. (2010, April). The effects of environmental enrichment on Pavlovian conditioned fear. Presented at the Undergraduate Convocation, Department of Psychology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.
Gill, M. J., *Eck, M., *Reinhardt, E. K., Coolon, R. A., & Cain, M. E. (2009, October). Inactivation of the amygdala influences amphetamine-induced and conditioned hyperactivity in high and low responder rats. Poster presented at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.
Spring 2013 PSYCH 470: Psychobiology
Kansas State University Stress, Health, & the Hippocampus
Drug Addiction & Drugs of Abuse
Fall 2012 PSYCH 470: Psychobiology
Kansas State University Stress and the Hippocampus
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Fall 2011 - Present PSYCH 110: General Psychology
Kansas State University PSYCH 115: General Psychology (Honors)
PSYCH 430: Forensic Psychology
PSYCH 470: Psychobiology
PSYCH 475: Principles of Learning
PSYCH 586: Laboratory in Clinical Concepts
Fall 2010 PSY 215: Experimental Psychology
University of Kentucky
Kansas State University, B.S. in Psychology – 2010
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