William Schreiber Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology

William Schreiber

Parmly 120


Ph.D.  Psychology, University of Delaware
B.S.  Psychology, College of William & Mary


I study learning, memory, and other sources of behavioral change which stem from psychological and biological variables. Currently in our lab, we examine how experience shapes behavior in a reductionist ant model. Our ongoing projects examine experience-dependent behavioral plasticity in ants, including changes in the expression of aggressive and exploratory responses over the course of controlled stimulus exposures. We are also interested in examining changes in the ant nervous system; in particular, how the morphology of neurons in the “learning centers” of the ant brain respond to both learning and stress.


• PSYC110: Brain and Behavior with Lab
• PSYC111: Brain and Behavior
• PSYC120: Statistics & Research Design I
• PSYC216: Health Neuroscience
• PSYC353: Advanced Methods in Systems Neuroscience Research

Selected Publications

Jablonski, S. A., Robinson-Drummer, P. A., Schreiber, W. B., Asok, A., Rosen, J. B., & Stanton, M. E. (accepted for publication). Impairment of the context pre-exposure facilitation effect in juvenile rats by neonatal alcohol exposure is associated with decreased Egr-1 mRNA expression in the prefrontal cortex. Behavioral Neuroscience.

Keller, S. M., Schreiber, W. B., Stanfield, B. R., & Knox, D. (2015). Inhibiting corticosterone synthesis during fear memory formation exacerbates cued fear extinction memory deficits within the single prolonged stress model. Behavioural brain research, 287, 182-186.

Keller, S. M., Schreiber, W. B., Staib, J. M., & Knox, D. (2015).  Sex differences in the single prolonged stress model.  Behavioural Brain Research, 286, 29-32.

Schreiber, W. B., Asok, A., Jablonski, S. A., Rosen, J. B., & Stanton, M. E. (2014).  Egr-1 mRNA expression patterns in the prefrontal cortex, hippocampus, and amygdala during variants of contextual fear conditioning in adolescent rats.  Brain Research, 1576, 63-72.

Jablonski, S. A., Schreiber, W. B., Westbrook, S. R., Brennan, L. E., & Stanton, M. E. (2013).  Determinants of novel object and location recognition during development.  Behavioural Brain Research, 256, 140-150.

Asok, A., Schreiber, W. B., Jablonski, S. A., Rosen, J. B., & Stanton, M. E. (2013).  Egr-1 increases in the prefrontal cortex following training in the context preexposure facilitation effect (CPFE) paradigm.  Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 106, 145-153.

Schreiber, W. B., St. Cyr, S. A., Jablonski, S. A., Hunt, P. S., Klintsova, A. Y. & Stanton, M. E. (2013).  Effects of exercise and environmental complexity on deficits in trace and contextual fear conditioning produced by neonatal alcohol exposure in rats.  Developmental Psychobiology, 55(5), 483-495.

Schreiber, W. B. & Hunt, P. S. (2013).  Deficits in trace fear conditioning induced by neonatal alcohol exposure persist into adulthood in female rats.  Developmental Psychobiology, 55(4), 352-360.