Brain Star Award for MUN grad

Dr. Susan Walling

Dr. Susan Walling, who earned her PhD (Behavioural Neuroscience) at Memorial University in 2003 under the supervision of Dr. Carolyn Harley, Psychology, has received one of the 2004 Brain Star Awards from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

The award was for research described in an article published in the Journal of Neuroscience. Dr. Walling, who is now on faculty at Mount Allison University, studied the contribution of emotion to the formation of memory. Norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter released during states of heightened arousal, is considered to be the primary candidate mediating the effects of emotion on memory. Dr. Walling's study on rats provides support for the hypothesis that that short-term and long-term memory processes may be modulated by separate and distinct memory mechanisms.