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Bill Griesar, Ph.D.

Instructor, Psychology, Portland State University
Instructor, Psychology & Neuroscience, WSU-Vancouver
Affiliate Graduate Faculty, Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU
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Phone: (503) 914-7487
Behavioral Neuroscience
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I love teaching, and explaining how networks of linked neurons carry out complex cognitive behavior.  

My dissertation research in Behavioral Neuroscience examined nicotine effects on spatial attention, time perception, and boredom in non-smokers. Some earlier (pre-2001) studies of nicotine had reported cognitive improvements, but assessed these changes in habitual smokers, where results may have been linked to relief from withdrawal effects.  I carried out this research in Dr. Barry Oken's lab at OHSU...

In addition to working with students at WSU Vancouver, Portland State University, Oregon Health & Science University, and Portland Community College, I routinely bring brains (rat, monkey, human) to K-8 classrooms at Sabin, Jason Lee, and Harrison Park, and to students at Madison, Jefferson, Parkrose, Franklin, and other Portland area public high schools.

I've developed collaborative relationships with multiple area educational institutions, and can offer neuroscience outreach opportunities for undergraduates and graduates from OHSU, PSU, WSU-V and elsewhere.  For more information on outreach, and how to get involved, please visit... 

And when my kids get annoyed with each other, they often blame it on their amygdala... 
: )