Name: Prof. Erik Moody
Title: Asst. Professor
Office Location: Dyson 341
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 2692
Degrees Held: Ph.D., Experimental Psychology (2003)
Kent State University

Doctoral Dissertation: Modifiability of Old Memory is Determined by Level of Reactivation.

M.A., Experimental Psychology (2000)
Kent State University

Master's Thesis: Is State-Dependent-Retention Induced by Corticosterone?

B.A. Psychology (1991)
Manhattanville College

Publications: · Moody, E. W., Sunsay, C., & Bouton, M. E. (2006). Priming and trial spacing in extinction: Effects on extinction performance, spontaneous recovery, and reinstatement in appetitive conditioning. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 59(5): 809-829.

· Bouton, M. E., Woods, A. M., Moody, E. W., Sunsay, C., & Garcia-Guitierrez, A. (2006). Counteracting the context-dependence of extinction: Relapse and some tests of possible methods of relapse prevention. In M. G. Craske, D. Hermans, & D. Vansteenwegen (Eds.), Fear and learning: Basic science to clinical application. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

· Bouton, M.E. & Moody, E.W. Memory Processes in Classical Conditioning. (2004). Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, Special issue: Neurobiology of Cognition in Laboratory Animals: Challenges and Opportunities. 28(7):663-674.

· Santucci, A. C., Mercado, M., Bettica A. & Moody, E.W. Residual behavioral and neuroanatomical effects of short-term chronic ethanol consumption in rats. (2004). Cognitive Brain Research, 20(3):449-461.

· Anderson, A.J., Barnes, G.W., Briggs, J.F., Ashton, K.M., Moody, E.W. Joynes, R.L., & Riccio, D.C. (2004). Effects of ontogeny on Performance of rats on a Novel-Object-Recognition Task. Psychological Reports. 94:437-443.

· Riccio, D.C., Millin, P.M., & Moody, E.W. (2002). Reconsolidation Reconsidered. Integrative Physiological & Behavioral Science. 37(4):245-253

· Millin, P.M., Moody, E.W., & Riccio, D.C. (2001). Interpretations of Retrograde Amnesia: Old Problems Redux. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 2(1):68-70.

· Santucci A.C., Moody E.W., & Demetriades, J. (1995). Effects of Scopolamine on Spatial Working Memory in Rats Pretreated with the Serotonergic Depleter p-Chloroamphetamine. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 63:286-290.

Bouton, M. E., Garcia-Gutierrez, A., Zilski, J., & Moody, E. W. (in press). Extinction in multiple contexts does not necessarily make extinction less vulnerable to relapse. Behaviour Research and Therapy.
Research Interests: My primary interest concerns the permanence of stored memories and the conditions that allow old memories to be modified. Although there has been rapid growth in the identification of the neuroanatomical structures involved with memory formation, there is still very limited understanding of how a memory trace exists organizationally. For example, when a memory is recalled and new information is encountered, is that information incorporated as a part of the original trace or is a new independent trace formed?

My research at the University of Vermont has been a part of a larger effort by the Bouton lab to understand relapse. Spontaneous recovery, reinstatement, and renewal are three different forms of relapse we investigate in the lab. One approach has been to explore different schedules of extinction treatments with regard to their effect on spontaneous recovery and reinstatement. There is evidence to suggest that trial and session intervals determine the likelihood of relapse in the form of spontaneous recovery and perhaps other forms of relapse. The administration of extinction treatment in different contexts is another technique that we are investigating in hopes of identifying procedures that will attenuate or prevent relapse. Eventually the findings of this massive project will evolve in to treatments for panic and anxiety disorders as well as addiction.

Another area I plan on investigating combines my interests in memory modification and prevention of relapse. There is evidence suggesting that relapse can be prevented through reactivation followed by a memory modification procedure. I wish to further explore how our developing understanding of memory modification might be employed to attenuate if not prevent relapse.

Currently I am using a newly developed conditioned suppression procedure to investigate basic learning phenomenon in humans. In this ongoing project we are investigating the mechanisms governing memory storage and retrieval as related to my previous research.

Presentations: 2005 meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association. Boston. Extinction in Multiple Contexts Does Not Necessarily Prevent The Renewal Effect.
Erik W. Moody, Ana García-Gutiérrez, Jessica Zilski & Mark E. Bouton