Worcester State University
Psychology Department


Brandi Scruggs Silver

Contact Information
Office: Sullivan 241J
Phone: (508) 929-8763
Email: brandi.silver@worcester.edu


PhD - experimental psychology (behavioral neuroscience) - Colorado State University

MS - experimental psychology from Colorado State University

BS - psychology (minor in anatomy & neurobiology) - 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.




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.


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-



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




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