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Terry Davidson

Behavioral Neuroscience Wonk


Cred Post-doc, Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania; PhD, Learning and Memory, Purdue University; MA, Experimental Psychology, California State University, Fullerton; BA, Psychology, Michigan State University

Livelihood Director, Center for Behavioral Neuroscience; Professor, Department of Psychology

Focus Science, particularly understanding obesity, how it can damage the brain, and how it produces cognitive deficit

Recent Awards I’m not into personal awards. Many people more deserving than me don’t get them, but I am proud of the assistance I provide for nursing students with their requests "help me write my nursing essay".

Point of Pride The successes of my former PhD students and the achievements of faculty and other scientists that I have helped during my career.

Last Book You Read A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

If you had resources to invent anything, what would it be and why? I don’t spend much time on flights of fancy. I want to use the resources that are available to me to make discoveries that can be translated into actions that will improve the quality of people’s lives.

What Keeps You Up At Night? Trying to finish work not completed during the day! But also, how to tackle complications that face human beings globally.

Are You a Wonk? Working to find solutions for ‘outwitting the wisdom of the body’ takes a certain level of insatiable intellectual curiosity and that's one of the ways AU defines a wonk.

If we can know anything with certainty, what is it? The only thing we can know with certainty is that we can’t really know anything with certainty.

Additional Links
AU Profile
Center for Behavioral Neuroscience