Dr. Brian Thomas

Brief Biography

Dr. Thomas earned a B.S. from Ball State University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Texas Christian University. His primary research program examines how fears are acquired and subsequently eliminated in a rodent model of human fear conditioning. One of the most challenging questions that his team is addressing is why a fear or phobia that has been treated, more often than not, will return. His team has discovered a number of novel techniques for treating fear that appear to resist relapse and he is hopeful that this research will lead to long-lasting and better-understood treatments for the anxiety disorders.

Dr. Thomas is also investigating the process of problem solving in birds.  Pigeons are presented with a variety of different options for earning food rewards and observation of their behavior is used to identify common patterns of behavior that reflect the problem solving process. 

Finally, Dr. Thomas is exploring the phenomenon called "activity anorexia" using a rodent model. This phenomenon is characterized by a vicious cycle of reduced caloric intake and increased exercise. The focus of the research will be on best treatment practices.

Dr. Thomas teaches courses in Learning, Principles of Psychology, Behavior Modification, History and Systems of Psychology, Physiological Psychology, Statistics, and Evolutionary Psychology.

Curriculum Vita

Recent Papers

Animal Learning Lab

Contact Information:
Brian L. Thomas, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Chairman

Department of Psychology
Baldwin Wallace University
275 Eastland Road
Berea, OH  44017
P: (440) 826-2165

F:(440) 826-8549

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