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A Research Focus on Memory, Learning, Decision-making

Memory, learning, and decision-making are the focus of Mark Gluck’s life in research, and through that research he is providing new insights into disorders affecting these higher cognitive functions. Three core questions drive his research:

  1. Behavioral Processes: How do people learn from experience and use this to inform future decisions?
  2. Brain Substrates:  What do different brain systems contribute to learning and decision-making?
  3. Clinical Applications:  Can our understanding of these brain systems for cognition inform our ability to diagnose and treat neurological and psychiatric disorders, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Gluck also is working with Palestinian doctors, students, and scientists in the West Bank/Palestinian Territories, as part of a joint Rutgers-Al Quds University exchange program with Al Quds University . Closer to home, his African-American Brain Health Initiative is working in the greater Newark area to promote memory health and a better understanding of Alzheimer's among minority and economically disadvantaged seniors, who have a greater risk of developing the disease.

He is director of the Rutgers Memory Disorders Project and co-author of Gateway to Memory: An Introduction to Neural Network Models of the Hippocampus and Memory (MIT Press, 2001), and an undergraduate textbook, Learning and Memory: From Brain to Behavior (Worth Publishers, 2013).

He was recognized with the Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contributions from the American Psychological Society and the Young Investigator Award for Cognitive and Neural Sciences from the Office of Naval Research. In 1996, he was awarded a National Science Foundation Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers by President Bill Clinton.