Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Charles R Goodlett

Professor, Psychology

Education

B.S. 1977, University of Kentucky 

M.A., 1981; State University of New York at Binghamton

Ph.D. 1983, (Biopsychology)

Current Research

Developmental Psychobiology, Neurobehavioral Toxicology, Neuropsychology of Learning and Memory, Animal Models of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

"My research focuses on the damaging effects of alcohol on the developing brain, using quantitative neuroanatomy, immunocytochemistry, and behavioral methods (e.g., eyeblink classical conditioning; motor performance; place learning) in an animal model of human fetal exposure. We have shown that early alcohol exposure impairs eyeblink classical conditioning, and are studying underlying deficits in cellular neuroplasticity in the cerebellar-brain stem circuit that mediates eyeblink conditioning. We have also shown that acrobatic motor training in adulthood can stimulate brain synaptic morphological plasticity and ameliorate some of the behavioral deficits results from the brain damage induced by early alcohol exposure. Our long-term objectives are to understand, at the cellular level, how alcohol damages the developing brain, and to establish a neurobiological basis for therapeutic intervention in cases of prenatal alcohol exposure."