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Gerard Martin

Room Number: SN1055
Telephone: (709) 737-3550
Unit: Behavioural Neuroscience

Research Interests


Gerard Martin



My long term goal is to provide behavioral analyses and theories that allow us to understand the learning deficits that are produced by damage to brain structures. My recent work has focused upon the processes underlying spatial navigation.

The ability to navigate throughout the environment is important for the survival of most animals. To this end animals have developed sophisticated navigational strategies. My research analyzes the components of these strategies and examines the neurobiological instantiation of these strategies. My research, then, contributes to our understanding of one of the most fundamental cognitive processes in animals, spatial knowledge. It also enables us to understand a variety of animal behavioral tests that are used to model learning and memory deficits in humans.




Astur RS, Klein RL, Mumby DG, Protz DK, Sutherland RJ, Martin GM. (2002).  A role for olfaction in object recognition by normal and hippocampal-damaged rats. Neurobiol Learn Mem  Jul;78(1):186-91. [View Abstract]

Skinner DM, Martin GM, Scanlon CJ, Thorpe CM, Barry J, Evans JH, Harley CW. (2001). A two-platform task reveals a deficit in the ability of rats to return to the start location in the water maze. Behav Neurosci  Feb;115(1):220-8 [View Abstract]

Harley CW, Martin GM, Skinner DM, Squires A. (2001).  The moving fire hydrant experiment: movement of objects to a new location reelicits marking in rats. Neurobiol Learn Mem May;75(3):303-9 [View Abstract]

Huxter JR, Thorpe CM, Martin GM, Harley CW. (2001).  Spatial problem solving and hippocampal place cell firing in rats: control by an internal sense of direction carried across environments. Behav Brain Res  Aug 27;123(1):37-48 [View Abstract]

Hynes CA, Martin GM, Harley CW, Huxter JR, Evans JH. (2000).  Multiple points of entry into a circular enclosure prevent place learning despite normal vestibular orientation and cue arrays: evidence for map resetting. J Exp Psychol Anim Behav Process  Jan;26(1):64-73 [View Abstract]

Harley CW, Martin GM. (1999).  Open field motor patterns and object marking, but not object sniffing, are altered by ibotenate lesions of the hippocampus. Neurobiol Learn Mem Nov;72(3):202-14 [View Abstract]

Martin GM, Harley CW, Smith AR, Hoyles ES, Hynes CA. (1997).  Spatial disorientation blocks reliable goal location on a plus maze but does not prevent goal location in the Morris maze. J Exp Psychol Anim Behav Process  Apr;23(2):183-93 [View Abstract]

 Copyright 2006.  Department of Psychology, Memorial University of Newfoundland.