The history of money dates back thousands of years, but our understanding of how the brain works is only in its infancy. This presentation will discuss neuronal pathways, neurotransmitters, and recent research related to risk taking and reward and relate this to how some people make financial decisions.
Dr. Hamilton is a faculty member in the department of Psychology at MacEwan University, is an adjunct at the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute (University of Alberta), and a visiting scholar at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (University of California San Diego) and University of British Columbia. He received his PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from McGill University. He teaches a variety of courses including, Applied Neuropharmacology and Brain and Behaviour.
Dr. Hamilton is also actively researching a variety of topics both in the zebrafish laboratory at MacEwan and in collaboration with other institutes. At the zebrafish laboratory, his students have been examining the effect of elevated carbon dioxide (projected for the future) on fish movement, memory, and anxiety. Other research includes establishing novel and reliable tests of learning and memory in fish; namely the novel object recognition test and episodic-like memory tests. A third area of interest is the effect of pharmacological substances on fish behaviour. In the past his students have examined patterns of drug administration and the nature of addiction.