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Selected Publications

Academic Article

Year Title
2022 The enduring effect of prenatal protein malnutrition on brain anatomy, physiology and behavior.Nutritional Neuroscience.  25:1392-1399. 2022
2021 In vivo microdialysis shows differential effects of prenatal protein malnutrition and stress on norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin levels in rat orbital frontal cortex.Behavioral Neuroscience.  135:629-641. 2021
2019 Prenatal Protein Malnutrition Leads to Hemispheric Differences in the Extracellular Concentrations of Norepinephrine, Dopamine and Serotonin in the Medial Prefrontal Cortex of Adult Rats.Frontiers in Neuroscience.  13:136. 2019
2019 Prenatal Protein Malnutrition Produces Resistance to Distraction Similar to Noradrenergic Deafferentation of the Prelimbic Cortex in a Sustained Attention Task.Frontiers in Neuroscience.  13:123. 2019
2017 Evidence for a role of corticopetal, noradrenergic systems in the development of executive function.Neurobiology of Learning and Memory.  143:94-100. 2017
2017 Exposure to sevoflurane anesthesia during development does not impair aspects of attention during adulthood in rats.Neurotoxicology and Teratology.  60:87-94. 2017
2016 DNA Methylation Signatures of Early Childhood Malnutrition Associated With Impairments in Attention and Cognition.Biological Psychiatry.  80:765-774. 2016
2016 Age-related changes in prefrontal norepinephrine transporter density: The basis for improved cognitive flexibility after low doses of atomoxetine in adolescent rats.Brain Research Brain Research Protocols Molecular Brain Research.  1641:245-257. 2016
2016 Prenatal protein level impacts homing behavior in Long-Evans rat pups.Nutritional Neuroscience.  19:187-195. 2016
2015 Prenatal protein malnutrition decreases KCNJ3 and 2DG activity in rat prefrontal cortex.Neuroscience.  286:79-86. 2015
2015 Cognitive control and the anterior cingulate cortex: how conflicting stimuli affect attentional control in the rat.Journal of Physiology Paris.  109:95-103. 2015
2014 Neuropsychological outcomes at midlife following moderate to severe malnutrition in infancy.Neuropsychology.  28:530-540. 2014
2014 Interaction of age, cognitive function, and gait performance in 50-80-year-olds.Age.  36:9693. 2014
2014 Prenatal malnutrition leads to deficits in attentional set shifting and decreases metabolic activity in prefrontal subregions that control executive function.Developmental Neuroscience.  36:532-541. 2014
2012 Differential sensitivity to psychostimulants across prefrontal cognitive tasks: differential involvement of noradrenergic α₁ - and α₂-receptors.Biological Psychiatry.  71:467-473. 2012
2011 Atomoxetine facilitates attentional set shifting in adolescent rats.Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.  1:552-559. 2011
2011 Attentional effects of lesions to the anterior cingulate cortex: how prior reinforcement influences distractibility.Behavioral Neuroscience.  125:360-371. 2011
2011 Adolescent rats show cognitive rigidity in a test of attentional set shifting.Developmental Psychobiology.  53:391-401. 2011
2008 Atomoxetine reverses attentional deficits produced by noradrenergic deafferentation of medial prefrontal cortex.Psychopharmacology.  200:39-50. 2008
2008 Noradrenergic, but not cholinergic, deafferentation of prefrontal cortex impairs attentional set-shifting.Neuroscience.  153:63-71. 2008
2008 Cholinergic deafferentation of prefrontal cortex increases sensitivity to cross-modal distractors during a sustained attention task.Journal of Neuroscience.  28:2642-2650. 2008
2007 Experimental sleep fragmentation impairs attentional set-shifting in rats.Sleep.  30:52-60. 2007
2005 Cholinergic deafferentation of the entorhinal cortex in rats impairs encoding of novel but not familiar stimuli in a delayed nonmatch-to-sample task.Journal of Neuroscience.  25:10273-10281. 2005
2005 Acetylcholine in the orbitofrontal cortex is necessary for the acquisition of a socially transmitted food preference.Learning and Memory.  12:302-306. 2005
2004 High acetylcholine levels set circuit dynamics for attention and encoding and low acetylcholine levels set dynamics for consolidation.Progress in Brain Research.  145:207-231. 2004
2002 It's time to pay attention to attention in aging.Learning and Memory.  9:151-152. 2002
2002 Selective behavioral and neurochemical effects of cholinergic lesions produced by intrabasalis infusions of 192 IgG-saporin on attentional performance in a five-choice serial reaction time task.Journal of Neuroscience.  22:1905-1913. 2002
2001 Distinct changes in cortical acetylcholine and noradrenaline efflux during contingent and noncontingent performance of a visual attentional task.Journal of Neuroscience.  21:4908-4914. 2001
2000 The role of cortical cholinergic afferent projections in cognition: impact of new selective immunotoxins.Behavioural Brain Research.  115:251-263. 2000
2000 Development of a method for intraparenchymal infusions of 192 IgG-saporin: a comment on Pizzo et al. (1999)Journal of Neuroscience Methods.  96:169-170. 2000
1999 Effects of ovariectomy, 192 IgG-saporin-induced cortical cholinergic deafferentation, and administration of estradiol on sustained attention performance in ratsBehavioral Neuroscience.  113:1216-1232. 1999
1999 Effects of ovariectomy, 192 IgG-saporin-induced cortical cholinergic deafferentation, and administration of estradiol on sustained attention performance in rats.Behavioral Neuroscience.  113:1216-1232. 1999
1999 Enhancement of sustained attention performance by the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor agonist ABT-418 in intact but not basal forebrain-lesioned rats.Psychopharmacology.  144:175-182. 1999
1998 Sustained attention performance in rats with intracortical infusions of 192 IgG-saporin-induced cortical cholinergic deafferentation: effects of physostigmine and FG 7142.Behavioral Neuroscience.  112:1519-1525. 1998
1998 Assessment of sustained and divided attention in rats: aspects of validity; [comment].Psychopharmacology.  138:260-262. 1998
1997 Lack of effects of lesions of the dorsal noradrenergic bundle on behavioral vigilance.Behavioral Neuroscience.  111:646-652. 1997
1996 Neuronal mechanisms mediating drug-induced cognition enhancement: cognitive activity as a necessary intervening variable.Cognitive Brain Research.  3:329-343. 1996
1996 Behavioral vigilance following infusions of 192 IgG-saporin into the basal forebrain: selectivity of the behavioral impairment and relation to cortical AChE-positive fiber density.Behavioral Neuroscience.  110:247-265. 1996
1995 Effects of chlordiazepoxide and scopolamine, but not aging, on the detection and identification of conditional visual stimuli.Journals of Gerontology - Series A Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences.  50:B90-B96. 1995
1995 Behavioral vigilance in rats: task validation and effects of age, amphetamine, and benzodiazepine receptor ligands.Psychopharmacology.  117:340-357. 1995
1994 Crossmodal divided attention in rats: effects of chlordiazepoxide and scopolamine.Psychopharmacology.  115:213-220. 1994
The lasting effect of the maternal environment on brain anatomy, physiology and behavior – how adult behavior is shaped by prenatal influences.


Year Title
2014 Nervous System Research with RIP Conjugates: From Determination of Function to Therapy.  253-269. 2014

Conference Paper

Year Title
2015 Prenatal Protein Malnutrition Increases Activation of Parvalbumin Interneurons but Decreases Overall Activation in the Prefrontal Cortex of Adult RatsFASEB Journal. 2015
2009 Effects of a diet rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids on behavior in an attentional task and monoamine transmitter levels in the medial prefrontal cortex of adolescent ratsFASEB Journal. 2009
2008 A comparison of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine in the medial prefrontal cortex of male and female adolescent and adult ratsFundamental and Clinical Pharmacology. 129-129. 2008
2000 Behavioural and neurochemical assessment of the effects of cholinergic deafferentation produced by 192 IgG-saporin on visual attention in a 5-choice serial reaction time task.European Journal of Neuroscience. 201-201. 2000
1999 Behavioural and neurochemical evidence for a role of cortical acetylcholine in visual attentionBritish Journal of Pharmacology British journal of pharmacology and chemotherapy. U114-U114. 1999
1996 New approaches to determine the neuronal mechanisms of age-related impairments in attentional functionsInternational Journal of Psychology. 2083-2083. 1996

Teaching Activities

  • Attention Disorders Taught course 2022
  • Drugs and Behavior Taught course 2022
  • Adv Sem/Physiological Psych Taught course 2021
  • Pract&Sem/Teaching Psychology Taught course 2021
  • Drugs and Behavior Taught course 2021
  • Psychobiology Taught course 2021
  • Honors/Human Brain Taught course 2020
  • Pract&Sem/Teaching Psychology Taught course 2020
  • Drugs and Behavior Taught course 2020
  • Attention Disorders Taught course 2019
  • Pract&Sem/Teaching Psychology Taught course 2019
  • Drugs and Behavior Taught course 2019
  • Psychobiology Taught course 2019
  • Honors/Human Brain Taught course 2018
  • Topics Neuroscience & Behavior Taught course 2018
  • Attention Disorders Taught course 2018
  • Drugs and Behavior Taught course 2018
  • Attention Disorders Taught course 2017
  • Honors/Human Brain Taught course 2017
  • Rsrch Exp/Psychology Taught course 2017
  • Drugs and Behavior Taught course 2016
  • Topics Neuroscience & Behavior Taught course 2016
  • Adv Sem/Physiological Psych Taught course 2016
  • Attention Disorders Taught course 2016
  • Honors Senior Thesis Taught course 2016
  • Drugs and Behavior Taught course 2015
  • Honors Senior Thesis Taught course 2015
  • Psychobiology Taught course 2015
  • Attention Disorders Taught course 2015
  • Psychobiology Taught course 2015
  • Senior Honors Thesis Taught course 2015
  • Adv Rsrch Exp/Psychology Taught course 2014
  • Drugs and Behavior Taught course 2014
  • Drugs and Behavior Taught course 2014
  • Senior Honors Thesis Taught course 2014
  • Attention Disorders Taught course 2014
  • Graduate Pro-seminar Taught course 2014
  • Rsrch Exp/Psychology Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

  • B.A. Psychology, Bradley University
  • M.A. Psychology, Ohio State University
  • Ph.D. Psychology, Ohio State University
  • Full Name

  • Jill McGaughy