Robert Astur

Research Interests:

  • Hippocampal memory
  • Virtual Reality testing of complex behaviors
  • Spatial memory and development
  • Gender differences
  • Substance Abuse
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Techniques for building psychological resiliency in at-risk populations

Representative Publications:

  • Folley. B.S., Astur, R.S., Jagannathan, K., Calhoun, V.D., Pearlson, G.D. (2010).  Anomalous neural circuit function in schizophrenia during a virtual Morris water task.  Neuroimage, 49(4), 3373-84.
  • Shipman, S., & Astur, R. (2008). Factors affecting the hippocampal BOLD response during spatial memory. Behavioural Brain Research, 187(2), 433-441.
  • Newhouse, P., Newhouse, C., & Astur, R. (2007). Sex differences in visual-spatial learning using a virtual water maze in pre-pubertal children. Behavioural Brain Research, 183(1), 1-7.
  • Kurtz, M., Baker, E., Pearlson, G., & Astur, R. (2007). A virtual reality apartment as a measure of medication management skills in patients with schizophrenia: A pilot study. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 33(5), 1162-1170.
  • Levy, LA, Astur, R.S., Frick, KM.  (2005)  Men and women differ in object memory but not performance of a virtual radial maze.  Behavioral Neuroscience, 119(4), 853-62.
  • Rowland, LM., Astur, R.S., Jung, RE., Bustillo, JR., Lauriello, J., Yeo, RA.  (2005).  Selective Cognitive Impairments Associated with NMDA Receptor Blockade in Humans.  Neuropsychopharmacology, 30(3), 633-9.
  • Astur, R.S., Tropp, J., Sava, S., Constable, R.T., & Markus, E.T. (2004). Sex differences in a virtual Morris water task and a virtual eight-arm maze. Behavioural Brain Research,151(1-2):103-15.