Brian H. Smith

Director, School of Life Sciences; Professor
Brian H. Smith
Phone: (480) 727-0655, Lab: (480) 965-1070
Office: ISTB1 322
Education: PhD, 1985, University of Kansas
Curriculum Vitae: smith_b_cv.pdf

Brian Smith is a behavioral neuroscientist who studies how animals learn about odors in order to predict important events, such as an encounter with food, a mate or predator. His research employs detailed behavioral studies of learning and memory. He and his research team also use a combination of electrophysiological, bioimaging, molecular and computational techniques to directly link changes in behavior to changes in the brain.

Smith’s research focuses on learning and memory systems in both insects and mammals. His work is being applied to studies of human diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, as well as to the negative effects of heavy metal poisoning on learning and memory.

Select Publications

  • Bazhenov M, Huerta R, Smith BH (2013) A computational framework for understanding decision making through integration of basic learning rules. J Neuroscience 13: 5686-5697. PMID: 23536082
  • Locatelli FF, Fernandez PC, Villareal F, Mezzinoglo K, Huerta R, Galizia CG, Smith BH. (2012) Non-associative plasticity alters competitive interactions among mixture components in early olfactory processing. European J Neuroscience. 37:63-79. Epub 2012 Nov 21. PMID: 23167675
  • Hladun KR, Smith BH, Mustard JA, Morton RR, Trumble JT (2012) Selenium toxicity to honey bee (Apismellifera L.) pollinators: effects on behaviors and survival. PLoS One. 2012;7(4):e34137. Epub  2012 Apr 13. PMID: 22514621.
  • Sinakevitch I, Mustard JA, Smith BH (2011) Distribution of the octopamine receptor AmOA1 in the honey bee brain. PLOS One. 2011 Jan 18;6(1):e14536. PMID: 21267078.
  • Chandra SBC, Wright GW, Smith BH (2010) An analysis of the CS pre-exposure effect in the honeybee, Apismellifera. Anim Cognition 13: 805-815. PMID: 20521073.
  • Bee brain
    Bee brain
  • Mouse brain animation
    Mouse brain animation
  • Honeybee Conditioning Response: Long Latency Short Duration
  • Moth tracking an odor source in a wind tunnel (approx. 4’x8’)
  • Honey bee restrained in a small harness after training to associate an odor with a sucrose-water reward