Research interests:

My research is focused on understanding how experience changes the nervous system. To do this I used a model system to study 1) the effects of experience early in development on adult behaviour and the nervous system and 2) adult learning and memory. The model system I use is the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, a popular genetic model system. We use behavioral, neural circuit and genetic analyses to determine the mechanisms through which experience alters the nervous system.

Rankin, CH, Abrams,T., Barry, RJ., Bhatnagar,S. Clayton, D., Colombo,J., Coppola,G., Geyer,MA., Glanzman, DL. Marsland, S., McSweeney,F., Wilson,DA., Wu, CF., and Thompson, RF (2009) Habituation Revisited: An Updated and Revised Description of the Behavioral Characteristics of Habituation. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory 92, 135-138.

Giles, A.C. and Rankin, C.H. (2008) Behavioral and Genetic Characterization of Habituation using Caenorhabditis elegans Neurobiology of Learning and Memory 92, 139-146.

Rose, J. K. and Rankin, C.H. (2006) Blocking Memory Reconsolidation Reverses A Cellular Mechanism of Memory. Journal of Neuroscience 26 (45), 11582-11587.

Winter 2017

PSYC101 Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology Sections

Introduction to Methods and Statistics, Biopsychology, Learning, Perception, Memory, and Cognition. Credit will be granted for only one of PSYC 100 and PSYC 101.

Winter 2017

PSYC363 Principles of Animal Learning Sections

Introduction to basic theories of non-associative learning, classical and operant conditioning. Experimental findings from behavioural and biological analyses with animals and humans.