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Beth Fisher

Beth Fisher

Office Phone: 33594

Departments and Institutes

Psychology:

Research Interests

My research focusses on the role of the cholinergic system in attentional function, to aid understanding of the cholinergic pathways underlying different facets of attention for the development of cholinergic procognitive enhancer drugs. In particular my research investigates the cholinergic mechanism underlying spatial, divided attention for signal detection (on the 5-Choice Serial Reaction Time Task) verses sustained, focussed attention for both visual detection and identification (on the rodent Continuous Performance Task), via pharmacological, lesion and DREADD techniques. The use of novel touchscreen based attentional tasks presents an opportunity to enhance translation between preclinical and clinical drug discovery research, as well as enabling better insights into the cholinergic mechanisms underlying normal human attention.