Amy F. T. Arnsten PhD

Professor of Neurobiology and of Psychology; Member, Kavli Institute of Neuroscience at Yale University

Departments & Organizations

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): NeuroscienceInterdepartmental Neuroscience ProgramNeurobiology: Kavli Institute for Neuroscience; Arnsten Lab

Research Interests

Molecular influences on higher cognitive function more...


  • Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 1981

Selected Publications

  • Yang Y, Paspalas CD, Jin LE, Picciotto MR, Arnsten AF, Wang M. (2013) Nicotinic a7 receptors enhance NMDA cognitive circuits in dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 110:12078-83.
  • Wang M, Yang Y, Wang CJ, Gamo NJ, Jin LE, Mazer JA, Morrison JH, Wang XJ, Arnsten AF. (2013) NMDA receptors subserve persistent neuronal firing during working memory in dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. Neuron 77:736-49.
  • Arnsten AF, Wang MJ, Paspalas CD. (2012) Neuromodulation of thought: flexibilities and vulnerabilities in prefrontal cortical network synapses. Neuron 76:223-39.



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