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Mat Gendle

Associate Professor of Psychology
Global Commons 216
2675 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
mgendle@elon.edu (336) 278-6431

Brief Biography

Dr. Gendle joined Elon's faculty in 2003 after completing his Ph.D. at Cornell University.  At Elon, Dr. Gendle teaches courses in behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, neuropharmacology, consciousness, and global studies.  Dr. Gendle's research focuses on: 1) how nutrition, drugs of abuse, and neurotoxins affect cognition, especially functions associated with the prefrontal cortex; and, 2) perceptual, neurobiological, and philosophical aspects of human consciousness.

Education

August 2003   Ph.D. in Psychology (Biopsychology), Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Dissertation: Prenatal Cocaine Exposure and Enduring Cognitive Dysfunction: Evidence from an Animal Model

Graduate Minor Fields: neuropharmacology, cognitive development

 

June 1998        B.S. in Biology and Psychology, Hobart College, Geneva, NY

Employment History

August 2009 – Present           Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Elon University, Elon, NC

March 2009                               Granted tenure

August 2003 – July 2009        Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Elon University, Elon, NC

June 2007 – Present               Instructor, ELON Academy, Elon University, Elon, NC

Courses Taught

  • PSY 111: General Psychology
  • PSY 243: Behavioral Neuroscience/PSY 221: Biological Bases of Behavior
  • PSY 333: Abnormal Behavior
  • PSY 350: Principles of Drug Action
  • PSY 461: Senior Seminar (Neuroscience)
  • NEU 495: Seminar in Neuroscience
  • GST 110: The Global Experience (Culture, Society, and Drugs)
  • HNR 230: Exploring Consciousness (team-taught with Dr. Jeffrey Pugh, Religious Studies Department, Elon University)
  • ELON Academy: The Brain: A Users Guide
  • ELON Academy: Political and Civic Engagement

Leadership Positions

  • Coordinator: Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience (2013-present).
  • Faculty Ombudsperson (2013-present).
  • Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR): Councilor (Psychology Division), term: 2010 – 2013.
  • Elon University Academic Council (2010 – 2013).  Chair 2012-2013; Chair-elect 2011-2012
  • Chair, Elon University Institutional Review Board (2006 - 2009).

Research

Current research interests include: 1) how nutrition, drugs of abuse, and neurotoxins affect cognition, especially functions associated with the prefrontal cortex; and, 2) perceptual, neurobiological, and philosophical aspects of human consciousness.

Publications

Note: Elon University undergraduate co-author(s) in bold.

Gendle, M. H., Young, E., & Romano, A. (2013). Effects of oral 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) on a standardized planning task: Insight into possible dopamine/serotonin interactions in the forebrain. Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental, 28, 270-273.

Gendle, M. H., & McGrath, M .G. (2012). Can the 8-coil Shakti alter subjective emotional experience? A randomized, placebo controlled study. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 114, 217-235.

Gendle, M. H., Stroman, A. K., & Mullin, D. P. (2011). Effect of an acute dose of crude kava root extract on problem solving in healthy young adults. Australian Journal of Medical Herbalism, 23, 160-163.

Beaudin, S. A., Gendle, M. H., & Strupp, B. J. (2011). Gender influences on the cognitive and emotional effects of prenatal cocaine exposure: Insights from an animal model. In M Lewis & L. Kestler (Eds.), Gender differences in prenatal substance exposure (pp. 77-96). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Gendle, M. H. (2011). Discussing philosophy of mind in introductory neuroscience classes. The Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, 9, E5-E7.

Gendle, M. H., Glazer, K. S., Olszewski, E. A., & Novak, C. A. (2011). Relationships between total cholesterol levels and specific alterations in impulsivity and attention. Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science, 127, 13-17.

Gendle, M. H. & Golding, A. C. (2010). Oral administration of 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) impairs decision making under ambiguity but not under risk: Evidence from the Iowa Gambling Task. Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental, 25, 491-499.

Gendle, M. H. & Olszewski, E. A. (2010).  High-risk tanning behaviors, ultraviolet light dependency, and responses to the Addiction Potential Scale in university undergraduates. Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science, 126, 15-22.

Gendle, M. H. (2010). Use and abuse: Drugs and drug commerce in a global context. R. Haskell & T. Arcaro (Eds.), Understanding the global experience. Boston, MA: Pearson Allyn & Bacon.

Gendle, M. H., Smucker, D. M., Stafstrom, J. A., Helterbran, M. C., & Glazer, K. S. (2009). Attention and reaction time in university students following the consumption of Red Bull®.  The Open Nutrition Journal, 3, 8-10.

Gendle, M. H., Spaeth, A. M., Dollard, S. M., & Novak, C. A. (2008). Functional relationships between serum total cholesterol levels, executive control, and sustained attention. Nutritional Neuroscience, 11, 84-94.

Gendle, M. H. (2007). Word-gustatory synesthesia: A case study. Perception, 36, 495-507.

Gendle, M. H. & Finnegan, E. E. (2007).  Self-imposed dietary restraint and food Stroop performance in college-age women.  Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science, 123, 49-59. 

Gendle, M. H. & Ransom, M. R. (2006). Use of the electronic game SIMON® as a measure of working memory span in college age adults. Journal of Behavioral and Neuroscience Research, 4, 1-7.

Gendle, M. H., White, T. L., Strawderman, M. S., Mactutus, C. F., Booze, R. M., Levitsky, D. A., & Strupp, B. J. (2004). Enduring effects of prenatal cocaine exposure on selective attention: Evidence from an animal model. Behavioral Neuroscience, 118, 290-297.

Gendle, M. H., Strawderman, M. S., Mactutus, C. F., Booze, R. M., Levitsky, D. A., & Strupp, B. J. (2004). Prenatal cocaine exposure does not alter working memory in adult rats. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 26, 319-329.

Canfield, R. L., Gendle, M. H., & Cory-Slechta, D. A.  (2004). Impaired neuropsychological functioning in lead exposed children. Developmental Neuropsychology, 26, 513-540.

Gendle, M. H., Strawderman, M. S., Mactutus, C. F., Booze, R. M., Levitsky, D. A., & Strupp, B. J. (2003). Impaired sustained attention and altered reactivity to errors in an animal model of prenatal cocaine exposure. Developmental Brain Research, 147, 85-96.

Gendle, M. H. (2002). Increases, reductions, or no effect?  The puzzle of neural findings from animal models of prenatal cocaine exposure. Journal of Drug Issues, 32, 1-10.                                                                                                                                                  

Linn, C. E., Young M. S., Gendle, M., Glover, T. J., & Roelofs, W. L. (1997). Sex pheromone blend discrimination in two races and hybrids of the European corn borer moth, Ostrinia nubilalis. Physiological Entomology, 22, 476-493.

Gendle, M. H. (2010, March 25). A New Kind of Drug: The Perfect Tan. Charlotte (N.C.) Observer.

Gendle, M. H. (2008, July 4). It's Not a Zero-Sum Game. Are a Moderately Heavy Teaching Load and an Active Research Program Mutually Exclusive? The Chronicle of Higher Education. p. A31.

Gendle, M. H. (2007, February 15). Big Blues: The Death of an Industrial Town. The Progressive Populist. p. 17.

Gendle, M. H. (2006, July 20). Scholar, Global Thinker, and Hypocrite. The Chronicle of Higher Education: Chronicle Careers, Online.

Gendle, M. H. (2006, April 13). Moving On Up. The Chronicle of Higher Education: Chronicle Careers, Online.
 

Presentations

Note: Elon University undergraduate co-author(s) in bold.

Gendle, M. H., Flashburg, A. G., Higgins, K. L., & Oristian, K. M. (2014). Did cholesterol-lowering drugs play a significant causal role in the financial crisis of 2007-2008? Toward a Science of Consciousness, April 21-26, Tucson, AZ.

O'Hara, K., & Gendle, M. (2014). Magnesium Supplementation and Test Anxiety. Symposium for Young Neuroscientists and Professors of the Southeast (SYNAPSE). March 29, Asheville, NC.

Gendle, M. H., Pope-Ruark, R., Butler, J., Cox, D., & Chen, J. (2013). Advancing SoTL through the work of undergraduate research journals. International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, October 2-5, Raleigh, NC.

Gendle, M. H., & McGrath, M. G. (2012). A randomized, placebo controlled study of the 8-coil Shakti device. Toward a Science of Consciousness, April 9-17, Tucson, AZ.

McGrath, M. & Gendle, M. (2011). Can the 8 coil Shakti alter subjective emotional experience? A randomized, placebo controlled study.  Symposium for Young Neuroscientists and Professors of the Southeast (SYNAPSE), March 26, Winston-Salem, NC.

Stroman, A. K. & Gendle, M. H. (2011). Effect of crude kava extract on Halstead Category Test performance in young adults.  Symposium for Young Neuroscientists and Professors of the Southeast (SYNAPSE), March 26, Winston-Salem, NC.

Gendle, M. H., & Pugh, J. C. (2010). Beauregard and the “new” dualism: An emergentist response. Toward a Science of Consciousness, April 13-17, Tucson, AZ.

Golding, A.C. & Gendle, M. H. (2010). Effects of oral 5-HTP administration on a computerized decision making task. Symposium for Young Neuroscientists and Professors of the Southeast (SYNAPSE), March 27, Winston-Salem, NC.

Olszewski, E. A., & Gendle, M. H. (2009). High-risk tanning behaviors, ultraviolet light dependency, and responses to the Addiction Potential Scale in university undergraduates: A preliminary investigation. Symposium for Young Neuroscientists and Professors of the Southeast (SYNAPSE), March 28, Charleston, SC.

Gendle, M. H. (2008). Engaging classroom examples: The extreme, bizarre, and the absurd. 5th Annual Innovation in Instruction Conference, August 21, Elon, NC.

Gendle, M. H., & Pugh, J. C. (2008). From the spirit to the synapse: Creating and implementing a unique interdisciplinary consciousness studies class for undergraduates. Toward a Science of Consciousness, April 8-12, Tucson, AZ.

Spaeth, A. M., Dollard, S. M., Novak, C., & Gendle, M. H. (2007). Relationships between serum total cholesterol levels and cognitive function. Symposium for Young Neuroscientists and Professors of the Southeast (SYNAPSE), March 31, Davidson, NC.

Gendle, M. H. (2007). Word-gustatory synesthesia: Insight into a rare sensory experience. 1st Annual International Brain Conference, January 19-21, Orlando, FL.

Gendle, M. H. & Canfield, R. L. (2004). Specific neuropsychological impairments in lead-exposed children. 23rd Annual Meeting of the Behavioral Toxicology Society, April 28-29, Research Triangle Park, NC.

Strupp, B. J., Gendle, M. H., Morgan, R. E., Garavan, H., White, T. L., Strawderman, M. S., Mactutus, C. F., Booze, R. M., & Levitsky, D. A. (2003). Lasting effects of prenatal cocaine exposure on sustained and selective attention and reactivity to errors. 12th Annual Meeting of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society, April 23-27, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Gendle, M. H., White, T. L., Strawderman, M. S., Mactutus, C. F., Booze, R. M., Levitsky, D. A., & Strupp, B. J. (2002). Enduring effects of prenatal cocaine exposure on selective and sustained attention and reactivity to errors: a dose-response study. Program No. 286.10. 2002 Abstract Viewer/Itinerary Planner. Washington, DC: Society for Neuroscience. Online.