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Eric S. Murphy

Associate Professor
Office: SSB 219A      
Phone: (907) 786-1626
Email: afesm@uaa.alaska.edu

Education

Ph.D., Washington State University, 2003; M.S., Washington State University, 2000; B.A., University of Alaska Anchorage, 1998.

Teaching Responsibilites

  • General Psychology
  • Statistics for Psychology
  • Motivation and Emotion
  • Learning and Cognition
  • Learning and Cognition Lab
  • Biological Psychology
  • Biological and Pharmacological Bases of Behavior

Professional and Departmental Service

  • Chair, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
  • Member, Task Force on Undergraduate Research and Scholarship
  • Member, Biomedical Research Steering Committee

Research Interests

  • Behavior Analysis
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

Publications

Murphy, E.S., & Madigan, R.J. (2011). Teaching classical and operant conditioning in a laboratory-based course: Eight effective experiments. Journal of Behavioral and Neuroscience Research, 9, 120-137.

Lupfer-Johnson, G., Murphy, E. S., Blackwell, L. C., LaCasse, J. L., & Drummond, S. (2010). Effects of rate of reinforcement and reinforcer flavor variety on within-session changes in operant responding in dwarf hamsters (Phodopus campbelli). Behavioural Processes, 84, 573-580.

McSweeney, F. K., & Murphy, E. S. (2009). Sensitization and habituation regulate reinforcer effectiveness. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 92, 189-198.

Holtfreter, K. L., Murphy, E. S., Harding, J. W., & Wright, J. W. (2008).Effects of suprachiasmatic nucleus lesions on habituation of the head-shake response. Neuroscience Letters, 439, 203-207.

Murphy, E. S., McSweeney, F. K., & Kowal, B. P. (2007). Motivation to consume alcohol in rats: The role of habituation. In P.W. O’Neal (Ed.), Motivation of Health Behavior (pp. 111-126). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science.

Murphy, E. S., McSweeney, F. K., Kowal, B. P., McDonald, J., & Wiediger, R. V. (2006). Spontaneous recovery and dishabituation of ethanol-reinforced responding in alcohol-preferring rats. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 14, 471-482.

Murphy, E. S., Harding, J. W., Muhunthan, K., Holtfreter, K., & Wright, J. W. (2005). Role of mitogen-activated protein kinases during recovery from head-shake response habituation in rats. Brain Research, 1050, 170-179.

Wright, J. W., Murphy, E. S., Elijah, I. E., Holtfreter, K. L., Davis, C. J., Olson, M. L., Muhunthan, K., & Harding, J. W. (2004).Influence of hippocampectomy on habituation, exploratory behavior, and spatial memory in rats. Brain Research, 1023, 1-14.

Murphy, E. S., McSweeney, F. K., Smith, R. G., & McComas, J. J. (2003). Dynamic changes in reinforcer effectiveness: Theoretical, methodological, and practical implications for applied research. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 36, 421-438.

McSweeney, F. K., Murphy, E. S., & Kowal, B. P. (2001). Within-session changes in responding during concurrent variable interval variable ratio schedules. Behavioural Processes, 55, 163-179.

McSweeney, F. K., & Murphy, E. S. (2000). Criticisms of the satiety hypothesis as an explanation for within-session decreases in responding. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 74, 347-361.