Dr. Shors studies neuronal processes of learning and how learning keeps new neurons alive, as well as sex differences in the brain. She recently translated her laboratory findings on neurogenesis into a clinical intervention known as MAP Training, which combines "mental" training with silent meditation and "physical" training through aerobic exercise. MAP Training decreases depression and ruminations about the past while increasing synchronized brain activity in humans suffering with depression. The training program furthermore enhances health in traumatized young women in the community and even otherwise healthy individuals (Shors et al., 2014; Alderman et al., 2016). Dr. Shors is especially committed to understanding how stress and trauma disrupt mental health in women, while devising novel interventions that emphasize “learning” in the recovery process.
Biography: Tracey J. Shors, Ph.D. is Distinguished Professor of Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology and Center for Collaborative Neuroscience at Rutgers University. Dr. Shors received a masters and a doctorate from University of Southern California, with postdoctoral training in neurophysiology and processes of learning.
Alderman BL, Olson R, Brush CJ, Shors TJ. (2016). MAP training: combining meditation and aerobic exercise decreases depression and rumination while increasing synchronized brain activity. Translational Psychiatry. 6, e726; doi:10.1038/tp.2015.225
Shors TJ, Tobón K, DiFeo G, Durham DM, Chang HYM. (2016). Sexual conspecific aggressive response (SCAR): a model of sexual trauma that disrupts maternal learning and plasticity in the female brain. Scientific Reports 6, 18960. (doi:10.1038/srep18960).
Shors TJ. (2016) A trip down memory lane about sex differences in the brain. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 371: 20150124. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2015.0124
Shors TJ, Olson RL, Bates ME, Selby EA, Alderman BL (2014). Mental and Physical (MAP) Training: A neurogenesis-inspired intervention that enhances brain health in humans, Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 115, 3-9.
Shors T.J. (2014). The adult brain makes new neurons and learning keeps them alive. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 23, 311-318.