Welcome!

Welcome to the Clark Lab!

The Clark Lab is located in the Department of Psychology at the University of New Mexico. Our research is aimed at better understanding the circuit level mechanisms underlying how the mammalian brain generates our internal sense of spatial orientation, with particular emphasis on a class of limbic system and hippocampal neurons that behave much like a neural map and compass, called ‘place cells’, ‘grid cells’, and ‘head direction cells’. A broad aim of my research program is to understand the structural and functional loss in these spatial navigation systems in Alzheimer’s disease and after prenatal alcohol exposure. We use a combination of techniques to map the functional connectivity of neural circuits including high-density electrophysiology recordings in behaving rodents, neuroanatomical tracing, and immediate early gene expression to identify neural activity and plasticity within circuits during behaviorally relevant events. Learn more about who we are and what we do.

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The Clark Lab is Recruiting!

If you are interested in working in our laboratory as a graduate or undergraduate trainee, email Dr. Benjamin Clark at bnjclark@unm.edu. 

For information about the UNM Psychology Graduate Program, click here.


Contact Us:

Email: Dr. Benjamin Clark (bnjclark@unm.edu)

Main Office: Logan Hall (pictured below), Rm 174

Phone: 505-277-2081

Mailing Address: Department of Psychology, The University of New Mexico, MSC03 2220, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

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