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Photo of James L. McGaugh JAMES L. McGAUGH

James L. McGaugh is the Founding Director of the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory and also Research Professor of Psychobiology and Pharmacology at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). His research investigates the effects of drugs and hormones on memory and the role of brain systems in regulating learning and memory.

Dr. McGaugh received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and completed postdoctoral research study in neuropharmacology in Rome, Italy. He came to UCI in 1964 as the founding chair of the Department of Psychobiology. At UCI he has also served as Dean of the School of Biological Sciences and Executive Vice Chancellor. Dr. McGaugh is editor of the journal, Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. He is past president of the American Psychological Society, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Visit to learn more about Dr. McGaugh's research.

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