General Area of Research
Behavioral and neural basis of timed behavior and time perception; neural basis of learning
Kathleen Taylor studies the neural mechanisms that govern interval timing in various animal paradigms. After having received her B.A. and M.A. in Psychology from George Mason University, her doctoral work in Psychology and Neuroscience at Princeton University focused on the neural mechanisms of drug addiction and aversive aspects of drug withdrawal. Dr. Taylor has explored the role of pharmacological agents in altering the speed of an internal clock. Her current research focuses on how animals learn to withhold responding for a given interval of time and the influence that drugs and changes in motivation have on this ability. Her research elucidates the relationship between changes in temporal perception and the impulsivity known to be caused by drug abuse.