Graduate Student, Cognition & Neural Systems
Faculty Advisor: Stephen Cowen
- B.A. Psychological Science, California State University San Marcos, 2016
- M.A. Psychological Science, California State University San Marcos, 2018
- Learning & Memory
- Alzheimer's & Parkinson's Disease
- Pro-cognitive effects of ketamine
My primary interests are in the neurobiological basis of learning and memory, and how these cognitive domains are altered in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. As a 2nd-Year Graduate Student in Dr. Stephen Cowen's lab, I am exploring frequencies in the hippocampus that are correlated with string-pulling speed. My future projects will involve investigating the pro-cognitive effects of ketamine, and how it may alleviate levodopa-induced dyskinesia in Parkinson's disease rats.
I earned a bachelor's degree from California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) where I studied the effects of the neuropeptide, hypocretin, on maternal depressive-like behavior in mice. I then obtained a master's degree specializing in stress response and neuropsychological test performance among young adults with and without a family history of Alzheimer's disease. I then worked as a psychological assistant administering neuropsychological batteries to patients who were experiencing memory impairment and cognitive decline. Meanwhile, I enjoyed teaching psychology courses at CSUSM and Palomar College. I am enjoying my second year living in Tucson as I work toward my Ph.D. at the University of Arizona.
Marijuana use among adolescent multiple tobacco product users and unique risks of dual tobacco and marijuana use.
Pulvers, K., Ridenour, C., Woodcock, A., Savin, M., Holguin, G., Hamill, S., & Romero, D.
Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 2018 189, 80-89. IF = 3.222
Internet-based advertising claims and consumer reasons for using electronic cigarettes by device type in the U.S.
Pulvers, K., Sun, J. Y., Zhuang, Y. L., Holguin, G., & Zhu, S. H.
Tobacco Regulatory Science, 2017 3(4), 516-524.
- PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology
- PSYC 230 Research Methods
- PSYC 336 Abnormal Psychology
- PSYC 360 Biopsychology