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Bernard Rabin, Ph.D.



Contact Information:


Location:   Math/Psychology 336

Phone:      410.455.2430

Fax:          410.455.1055

Lab:          Sondheim 503A

Phone:      410.455.1393


Ph.D. – State University of New York, Buffalo, 1968

Area of Study:

Behavioral Neuroscience

Research Interests:

Effects of exposure to the types of radiation encountered in space (e.g. exploratory class missions to Mars) on behavior and brain function.

Courses Taught:

Motivation (PSYC 360)

Neuropsychopharmacology (PSYC 390)

Graduate Research and Training Opportunities:

YES  Accepting new graduate students for Fall 2015.

Undergraduate Research and Training Opportunities:

YES  Undergraduate opportunities available.

Behavioral testing (novel object recognition, plus-maze performance, spatial learning and memory, operant responding) of rats that have been exposed to the types of radiation encountered in space.



Graduate Program Affiliation(s):

 Human Services Psychology


Selected Publications:

Rabin, B. M., Joseph, J. A., Shukitt-Hale, B., and Carey, A. N. (2007).  Dietary modulation of the effects of exposure to 56Fe particles.  Advances in Space Research, 40: 576-580.

Rabin, B. M., Carrihill-Knoll, K., Hinchman, M., Shukitt-Hale, B., Joseph, J. A., & Foster, B. C.  (2009).  Effects of heavy particle irradiation and diet on object recognition memory in rats.  Advances in Space Research, 43: 1193-1199.

Rabin, B. M. (2012).  An introduction to behavior testing for the radiobiologist.   Posted to THREE (The Health Risks of Extraterrestrial Environments) 27 Jan. 2012

Rabin, B. M., Joseph, J. A., Shukitt-Hale, B., Carrihill-Knoll, K. L.  (2012) Interaction between age of irradiation and age of testing in the disruption of operant performance using a ground-based model for exposure to cosmic rays.  AGE, 34: 121-131.

Rabin, B. M., Carrihill-Knoll, K. L., Long, L. V., Pitts, S. C. & Shukitt-Hale, B.  (2013). Effects of 17β-estradiol on cognitive performance of ovariectomized female rats exposed to space radiation.  Journal of Behavioral and Brain Sciences 3: 67-73.

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