Ben Marcus


2011-Present: Ph.D. Student, Committee on Neurobiology, University of Chicago

2011: B.S., Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Research interests:

I am interested in studying the relationship between the effects of psychostimulant drugs on associative conditioning and the decision-making processes involved in the development of drug dependence. It is widely believed that when stimuli are associated with rewards, such as drugs, food, and money, they gain motivational value, and exposure to these cues can overwhelm one's rational decision-making abilities and influence his or her actions in a detrimental manner. I want to investigate how psychostimulant drugs influence the perception of these cues, and how this phenomenon contributes to one's decision to continue seeking drugs.