ACADEMICS

  • Brandi Silver 

    Contact Information
    Office Sullivan 241J
    508-929-8763
    brandi.silver@worcester.edu

    Education
    B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Colorado State University

    Area of Specialization
    Dr. Scruggs’ research interests are in physiological psychology, neuropsychology, behavioral neuroscience, and sensation and perception. Her specializations are in vision (especially color vision), learning and memory, the neurobiology of aging, and animal research.

    Brandi Silver Portrait

  • Courses Taught
    Research
    Selected Publications
     
    Scruggs, B. & Soltano, E. (2007) Do Revisions help student learning? Proceedings of the Annual 21st Conference on Undergraduate Teaching of Psychology in Kerhonkson, New York.

    Magnusson, K.R., Scruggs, B., Zhao, X., & Hammersmark, R.(2007) Age-related declines in a two-day reference memory task are associated with changes in NMDA receptor subunits in mice. BMC Neuroscience, 8: 43.
    Honors and Grants
    Conference Presentations
    Soltano, E.G., Soysa, C. K., Silver, B., & Cota-McKinley, A. (2009, October). Research Methods in Psychology. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the Northeast Conference for Teachers of Psychology, Worcester, MA.

    Silver, B. & Monfredo, N.* (2008, October) Effects of an Interleukin-1 receptor antagonist on spatial learning of aged rats in the Morris water maze. Poster presented at the New England Psychological Association.

    Scruggs, B. & Soltano, E. (2007, March) Do Revisions Help Student Learning? Paper presented at the 21st annual meeting of the Teaching of Psychology, Kerhonkson, NY.

    Magnusson, K.R., Thatcher-Mason, S., Rehard, J., & Scruggs, B.(2006) Antagonism of epsilon2 (NR2B) subunit-containing NMDA receptors inorbital cortex impaired young mice and enhanced aged mice performing in a spatial memory task. Poster presented at the 36th annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Atlanta, GA.

    Scruggs, B. (2006) [Review of the book Cells, Aging, and Human Disease]. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, 26 (3), 103-104.

    Scruggs, B. (2005) Psychobiological Research at Worcester State College. Presentation at the Psychobiology Forum at Worcester State College, Worcester, MA.

    Scruggs, B. (2005) [Review of the book Falls in Older People: Prevention and Management]. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, 25 (3), 95-97.

    Scruggs, B. (2004) [Review of the book Falls in Older People: Prevention and Management]. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education.

    Scruggs, B. (2004) [Review of the book Aging Education: Teaching and Practice Strategies]. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education.

    Scruggs, B., Zhao, X., Hammersmark, R., Magnusson, K.R. Performance in a two-day reference memory task shows age-related changes and relationships to NMDA receptor subunit protein expression in synaptosomes. Society for Neuroscience Conference, November 2003.

    Magnusson, K.R., Scruggs, B., Aniya, J., Wright, K.C., Ontl, T., Xing, Y., Bai, L. (2003) Age-related deficits in mice performing memory tasks in a water maze. Behavioral Neuroscience, 117(3).

    Eriksrod, I., Ambroson, C., Njus, D., Scruggs, B. Eating and exercise disorders in Luther College males. Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference, April 2003.