Seth J. Ramus

Director of Health Professions Advising

Fall 2011

  • Laboratory in Behavioral Neuroscience: Learning and Memory (PSYC 276)
Phone 2077253624
Title Director of Health Professions Advising
Department Health Professions Advising
Work Location 116E Moulton Union


Office of Health Professions Advising


BA, Psychology, University of California, Berkeley (1990)
PhD, Neurosciences, University of California, San Diego (1996)

Academic Interests:

Seth's academic interests include the neurobiology of learning and memory, neuropsychology, and comparative cognition. In the lab, he uses behavioral and neurophysiological recording techniques to study the long-term storage of memory in the brain.


The Ramus lab studies the neurobiology of learning and memory at the systems level of analysis.  Primarily, research in the lab focuses on the hippocampal memory system (sometimes called the medial temporal lobe memory system) and its interactions with the association neocortex.  The hippocampal system is critical for the storage and retrieval of long-term memories, but it is not the final storage site.  We believe that the memory system normally interacts with the association neocortex during learning, and that these cortical areas are the ultimate storage sites for memory.  To look for evidence of these interactions, we are using multi-unit, multi-channel electrophysiological techniques to record from neurons in the memory system and neocortex while rats learn about odors.  A second focus of the lab is to understand the precise role of the hippocampus itself in memory.  To do this, we are examining the effects of lesions restricted to the hippocampus or fornix on a variety of memory tasks in rats.

Selected Publications:

handbookRamus SJ, Eichenbaum HB (2000) Neural correlates of olfactory recognition memory in the rat orbitofrontal cortex. Journal of Neuroscience, 20(21): 8199-8208. ( abstract »full text »PDF »)

Eichenbaum H, Alvarez P, Ramus SJ (2000) Animal models of amnesia. In: L Cermak (Ed.), Handbook of Neuropsychology, 2nd Edition, Vol. 2: Memory Disorders, Amsterdam: Elsevier Science, pp. 1-24. ( table of contents » )

behavioural brain researchSchoenbaum G, Setlow B, Ramus SJ (2003) A systems approach to orbitofrontal cortex function: recordings in rat orbitofrontal cortex reveal interactions with different learning systems. Behavioural Brain Research, 146: 19-29. ( abstract » )

Herrick S, Goldstein A, Sansone J, Ramus SJ (2004) Hippocampal lesions impair both spatial and non-spatial alternation memory in rats. -Abstracts of the Society for Neuroscience. ( PDF » )

Yates JR, Curtis N, Ramus SJ (2004) Collaboration between laboratory courses at different colleges as a tool for teaching and research. -Abstracts of the Society for Neuroscience.