Department Chair:
Nancy Darling

Administrative Assistant:
Joan Gleason, Severance Hall Building Rep. Academic Year-Severance Hall room reservations email Summer-Severance Hall room reservations email

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8355
Fax: (440) 775-8356

Severance Hall
120 West Lorain
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Office Hours: Academic Year - Monday through Friday - 8:00 a.m. to Noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Summer Hours June to August - Monday through Friday TBD

Dennison Smith

Dennison Smith

Emeritus Professor of Neuroscience & Psychology

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Colgate University, 1965
  • Master of Science, Univ Massachusetts Amherst, 1967
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Univ Massachusetts Amherst, 1970

Teaching Interests:
Human Neurobiology, Neuropharmacology, Neurophysiology, Introductory Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Learning and Memory.

Research Interests:
Neuropharmacology of synaptic plasticity, learning and memory.

Smith's lab conductied two research programs. One of projects studies the Neuropharmacology of cannabinoid and capsaicin compounds focusing and their effects on learning and memory and long-term potentiation. The other project looks at the neuroprotective effects of exercise on an animal model of Parkinson's disease.

Department of Neuroscience