Eric P Wiertelak

Eric P Wiertelak, PhD


Regular Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Director of Neuroscience Macalester College

Woodbury, Minnesota United States


Eric Wiertelak, DeWitt Wallace Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Director of Neuroscience at Macalester College, a behavioral neuroscientist, is a Past-President and Chair of Education of Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (the international organization devoted to neuroscience education and research at the undergraduate level), and the current Director of the FUN Program and Department Consultations Service (FUN-PDCS). His lab has several areas of current focus: 1) The systematic investigation of the effects of natural medicine and alternative therapies and remedies on the nervous system. This work received funding from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. 2) Behavioral and physiological research to investigate how environmental stressors and learning impact on neurophysiological response mechanisms, such as pain modulation. This work received funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health. 3) Behavioral and electrophysiological research to investigate the neural systems involved in the organization of a variety of motor and cognitive aspects of dance and dance performance (utilizing hip-hop, modern, and ballroom). A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science, he teaches interdisciplinary courses related to neuroscience, sensation, and behavior.

Neuroscience Sub-Discipline
Behavioral Neuroscience
Evolutionary and Comparative Neuroscience
History, Teaching, Public Awareness, and Societal
Sensory Systems Neuroscience
Analysis of Behavior and Cognition in Non-human Animals
Imaging (microscopy)
Species: Vertebrate

Committee Participation

CommitteeTitleMember Status
Global Membership CommitteeMemberCurrent
Committee On Neuroscience Departments and ProgramsLiaisonPast