Robert Mair

Phone: (603) 862-3198
Office: Psychology, McConnell Hall Rm 444, Durham, NH 03824
Robert Mair


  • Ph.D., Phycological Psyc, Brown University
  • Sc.M., Brown University
  • A.B., Brown University

Research Interests

  • Systems neuroscience: single neuron activity prefrontal cortex, thalamus; memory, decision making, rats

Courses Taught

  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/Psychology
  • INCO 790: Adv Rsrch Exp/Psychology
  • NSB 799H: Honors Senior Thesis
  • PSYC 731: Brain and Behavior
  • PSYC 894: Advanced Research
  • PSYC 904: First-year Graduate Seminar
  • PSYC 999: Doctoral Research

Selected Publications

Francoeur, M. J., Wormwood, B. A., Gibson, B. M., & Mair, R. G. (n.d.). Central thalamic inactivation impairs the expression of action‐ and outcome‐related responses of medial prefrontal cortex neurons in the rat. European Journal of Neuroscience. doi:10.1111/ejn.14350

Miller, R. L. A., Francoeur, M. J., Gibson, B. M., & Mair, R. G. (2017). Mediodorsal Thalamic Neurons Mirror the Activity of Medial Prefrontal Neurons Responding to Movement and Reinforcement during a Dynamic DNMTP Task. eneuro, 4(5), ENEURO.0196-17.2017. doi:10.1523/eneuro.0196-17.2017

Mair, R. G., Miller, R. L. A., Wormwood, B. A., Francoeur, M. J., Onos, K. D., & Gibson, B. M. (2015). The neurobiology of thalamic amnesia: Contributions of medial thalamus and prefrontal cortex to delayed conditional discrimination. NEUROSCIENCE AND BIOBEHAVIORAL REVIEWS, 54, 161-174. Retrieved from

Mitchell, A. S., Sherman, S. M., Sommer, M. A., Mair, R. G., Vertes, R. P., & Chudasama, Y. (2014). Advances in Understanding Mechanisms of Thalamic Relays in Cognition and Behavior. Journal of Neuroscience, 34(46), 15340-15346. doi:10.1523/jneurosci.3289-14.2014

Mair, R. G., & Hembrook, J. R. (2008). Memory Enhancement with Event-Related Stimulation of the Rostral Intralaminar Thalamic Nuclei. Journal of Neuroscience, 28(52), 14293-14300. doi:10.1523/jneurosci.3301-08.2008

Bailey, K. R. (2006). The Role of Striatum in Initiation and Execution of Learned Action Sequences in Rats. Journal of Neuroscience, 26(3), 1016-1025. doi:10.1523/jneurosci.3883-05.2006

Mair, R. G., Koch, J. K., Newman, J. B., Howard, J. R., & Burk, J. A. (2002). A Double Dissociation within Striatum between Serial Reaction Time and Radial Maze Delayed Nonmatching Performance in Rats. The Journal of Neuroscience, 22(15), 6756-6765. doi:10.1523/jneurosci.22-15-06756.2002

McEntee, W. J., & Mair, R. G. (1990). The Korsakoff syndrome: a neurochemical perspective. Trends in Neurosciences, 13(8), 340-344. doi:10.1016/0166-2236(90)90146-2

Langlais, P. J., & Mair, R. G. (1990). Protective effects of the glutamate antagonist MK-801 on pyrithiamine- induced lesions and amino acid changes in rat brain. The Journal of Neuroscience, 10(5), 1664-1674. doi:10.1523/jneurosci.10-05-01664.1990

Mair, R. G. (1982). Response properties of rat olfactory bulb neurones. The Journal of Physiology, 326(1), 341-359. doi:10.1113/jphysiol.1982.sp014197

McEntee, W. J., & Mair, R. G. (1980). Memory enhancement in Korsakoff's psychosis by clonidine: Further evidence for a noradrenergic deficit. Annals of Neurology, 7(5), 466-470. doi:10.1002/ana.410070513

McEntee, W., & Mair, R. (1978). Memory impairment in Korsakoff's psychosis: a correlation with brain noradrenergic activity. Science, 202(4370), 905-907. doi:10.1126/science.715450