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Dr David Sanderson, BSc, PhD

Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43242
Room number: L10

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Research Groups

Department of Biosciences

  • Durham Centre for Bioimaging Technology

Department of Psychology


Chapter in book

  • Sanderson, D. J. (2016). Associative and nonassociative processes in rodent recognition memory. In The Wiley Handbook on the Cognitive Neuroscience of Learning. Murphy, R. A. & Honey, R. C. John Wiley and Sons. 179-200.
  • Sanderson, D.J., Good, M.A., Seeburg, P.H., Sprengel, R., Rawlins, J.N.P. & Bannerman, D.M. (2008). The role of the GluR-A (GluR1) AMPA receptor subunit in learning and memory. In Essence of Memory. 169: 159.

Journal Article

  • Austen, J. M. & Sanderson, D. J. (2019). Delay of reinforcement versus rate of reinforcement in Pavlovian conditioning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition 45(2): 203-221.
  • Chan, M, Austen, J. M., Eacott, M. J., Easton, A. & Sanderson, D. J. (2019). The NMDA receptor antagonist MK-801 fails to impair long-term recognition memory in mice when the state-dependency of memory is controlled. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory 161: 57-62.
  • Strickland, J.A., Austen, J.M. & Sanderson, D.J. (2018). A biphasic reduction in a measure of palatability following sucrose consumption in mice. Physiology & Behavior 184: 129-134.
  • Chan, Michele, Eacott, Madeline J., Sanderson, David J., Wang, Jianfei, Sun, Mu & Easton, Alexander (2018). Continual trials spontaneous recognition tasks in mice: reducing animal numbers and improving our understanding of the mechanisms underlying memory. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience 12: 214.
  • Wolff, A. R., Bygrave, A. M., Sanderson, D. J., Boyden, E. S., Bannerman, D. M., Kullmann, D. M. & Dennis Kätzel, D. (2018). Optogenetic induction of the schizophrenia-related endophenotype of ventral hippocampal hyperactivity causes rodent correlates of positive and cognitive symptoms. Scientific Reports 8: 12871.
  • Sanderson, D.J., Lee, A., Sprengel, R., Seeburg, P.H., Harrison, P.J. & Bannerman, D.M. (2017). Altered balance of excitatory and inhibitory learning in a genetically modified mouse model of glutamatergic dysfunction relevant to schizophrenia. Scientific Reports 7(1): 1765.
  • Austen, J.M., Sprengel, R. & Sanderson, D.J. (2017). GluA1 AMPAR subunit deletion reduces the hedonic response to sucrose but leaves satiety and conditioned responses intact. Scientific Reports 7(1): 7424.
  • Boerner, T., Bygrave, A., Chen, J., Fernando, A., Jackson, S., Barkus, C., Sprengel, R., Seeburg, P.H., Harrison, P. J., Gilmour, G., Bannerman, D.M. & Sanderson, D.J. (2017). The group II metabotropic glutamate receptor agonist LY354740 and the D2 receptor antagonist haloperidol reduce locomotor hyperactivity but fail to rescue spatial working memory in GluA1 knockout mice. European Journal of Neuroscience 45(7): 912-921.
  • Austen, J.M. & Sanderson, D.J. (2016). Contexts control negative contrast and restrict the expression of flavor preference conditioning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition 42: 95-105.
  • Austen, J.M., Strickland, J.A. & Sanderson, D.J. (2016). Memory-dependent effects on palatability in mice. Physiology & Behavior 167: 92-99.
  • Sanderson, D.J., Jones, W.S. & Austen, J.M. (2016). The effect of the amount of blocking cue training on blocking of appetitive conditioning in mice. Behavioural Processes 122: 36-42.
  • Davis, D.H.J., Skelly, D.T., Murray, C., Hennessy, E., Bowen, J., Norton, S., Brayne, C., Rahkonen, T., Sulkava, R., Sanderson, D.J., Rawlins, J.N.P., Bannerman, D.M., MacLullich, A.M.J. & Cunningham, C. (2015). Worsening cognitive impairment and neurodegenerative pathology progressively increase risk for delirium. The American journal of geriatric psychiatry 23(4): 403-415.
  • Bannerman, D.M., Sprengel, R., Sanderson, D.J., McHugh, S.B., Rawlins, J.N.P., Monyer, H. & Seeburg, P.H. (2014). Hippocampal synaptic plasticity, spatial memory and anxiety. Nature Reviews Neuroscience 15(3): 181-192.
  • Sanderson, D.J., Cuell, S.F. & Bannerman, D.M. (2014). The effect of US signalling and the US–CS interval on backward conditioning in mice. Learning and Motivation 48: 22-32.
  • Barkus, C., Sanderson, D.J., Rawlins, J.N.P., Walton, M.E., Harrison, P.J. & Bannerman, D.M. (2014). What causes aberrant salience in schizophrenia? A role for impaired short-term habituation and the GRIA1 (GluA1) AMPA receptor subunit. Molecular Psychiatry 19(10): 1060-1070.
  • Bannerman, D.M., Bus, T., Taylor, A., Sanderson, D.J., Schwarz, I., Jenson, V., Hvalby, Ø., Rawlins, J.N.P., Seeburg, P.H. & Sprengel, R. (2012). Dissecting spatial knowledge from spatial choice by hippocampal NMDA receptor deletion. Nature Neuroscience 15(8): 1153-1159.
  • Barkus, C., Feyder, M., Graybeal, C., Wright,T. Wiedholz, L., Izquierdo, A., Kiselyczynk, C., Schmitt, W., Sanderson, D.J., Rawlins, J.N.P., Saksida, L.M., Bussey, T.J., Sprengel, R., Bannerman, D.M. & Holmes, A. (2012). Do GluA1 knockout mice exhibit behavioral abnormalities relevant to the negative or cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. Neuropharmacology 62(3): 1263-1272.
  • Sanderson, D.J., Rawlins, J.N.P., Deacon, R.M.J. Cunningham, C. Barkus, C. & Bannerman, D.M. (2012). Hippocampal lesions can enhance discrimination learning despite normal sensitivity to incidental information. Hippocampus 22(7): 1553-1566.
  • Murray, C., Sanderson, D.J., Barkus, C., Deacon, R.M.J., Rawlins, J.N.P., Bannerman, D.M. & Cunningham, C. (2012). Systemic inflammation induces acute working memory deficits in the primed brain: relevance for delirium. Neurobiology of Aging 33(3): 603-616.
  • Sanderson, D.J. & Bannerman, D.M. (2012). The role of habituation in hippocampus-dependent spatial working memory: evidence from GluA1 AMPA receptor subunit knockout mice. Hippocampus 22(5): 981-994.
  • Sanderson, D.J. & Bannerman, D.M. (2011). Competitive short-term and long-term memory processes in spatial habituation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes 37(2): 189-199.
  • Sanderson, D.J., Sprengel, R., Seeburg, P.H. & Bannerman, D.M. (2011). Deletion of the GluA1 AMPA receptor subunit alters the expression of short-term memory. Learning & Memory 18(3): 128.
  • Sanderson, D.J., Hindley, E., Smeaton, E., Denny, N., Taylor, A., Barkus, C., Sprengel, R., Seeburg, P.H. & Bannerman, D.M. (2011). Deletion of the GluA1 AMPA receptor subunit impairs recency-dependent object recognition memory. Learning & Memory 18(3): 181-190.
  • Taylor, A.M., Niewoehner, B., Seeburg, P.H., Sprengel, R., Rawlins, J.N.P., Bannerman, D.M. & Sanderson, D.J. (2011). Dissociations within short-term memory in GluA1 AMPA receptor subunit knockout mice. Behavioural Brain Research 224(1): 8-14.
  • Sanderson, D.J., McHugh, S.B., Good, M.A., Sprengel, R., Seeburg, P.H., Rawlins, J.N.P. & Bannerman, D.M. (2010). Spatial working memory deficits in GluA1 AMPA receptor subunit knockout mice reflect impaired short-term habituation: Evidence for Wagner’s dual-process memory model. Neuropsychologia 48(8): 2303-2315.
  • Sanderson, D.J., Cunningham, C., Deacon, R.M.J., Bannerman, D.M., Perry, V.H. & Rawlins, J.N.P. (2009). A double dissociation between the effects of sub-pyrogenic inflammation and hippocampal lesions on learning. Behavioural Brain Research 201(1): 103.
  • Sanderson, D.J., Good, M.A., Skelton, K., Sprengel, R., Seeburg, P.H., Rawlins, J.N.P. & Bannerman, D.M. (2009). Enhanced long-term and impaired short-term spatial memory in GluA1 AMPA receptor subunit knockout mice: Evidence for a dual-process memory model. Learning & Memory 16(6): 379-386.
  • Robinson, J., Sanderson, D.J., Aggleton, J.P. & Jenkins, T.A. (2009). Suppression to visual, auditory and gustatory stimuli habituates normally in rats with excitotoxic lesions of the perirhinal cortex. Behavioral Neuroscience 123(6): 1238-1250.
  • Deacon, R.M.J., Cholerton, L.L., Talbot, K., Nair, R., Sanderson, D.J., Romberg, C., Bornemann, K.D. & Rawlins, J.N.P. (2008). Age-dependent and –independent behavioural deficits in Tg2567 mice. Behavioural Brain Research 189(1): 126.
  • von Engelhardt, J., Doganci, B., Jensen, V., Hvalby, Ø., Göngrich, C., Taylor, A., Barkus, C., Sanderson, D.J., Rawlins, J.N.P., Seeburg, P.H., Bannerman, D.M. & Monyer, H. (2008). Contribution of hippocampal and extra-hippocampal NR2B-containing NMDA receptors to performance on spatial learning tasks. Neuron 60(5): 846-860.
  • Cunningham, C. & Sanderson, D.J. (2008). Malaise in the water maze: untangling the effects of LPS and IL-1ß on learning and memory. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity 22(8): 1117-1127.
  • Bannerman, D.M., Niewoehner, B., Lyon, L., Romberg, C., Schmitt, W.B., Taylor, A., Sanderson, D.J., Cottam, J., Sprengel, R., Seeburg, P.H., Köhr, G. & Rawlins, J.N.P. (2008). NMDA receptor subunit NR2A is required for rapidly acquired, spatial working memory but not incremental spatial reference memory. Journal of Neuroscience 28(14): 3623-3630.
  • Sanderson, D.J., Gray, A., Simon, A., Taylor, A.M., Deacon, R.M.J., Seeburg, P.H., Sprengel, R., Good, M.A., Rawlins, J.N.P. & Bannerman, D.M. (2007). Deletion of glutamate receptor-A (GluR-A) AMPA receptor subunits impairs one-trial spatial memory. Behavioral Neuroscience 121(3): 559-569.
  • Davies, M., Machin, P.E., Sanderson, D.J., Pearce, J.M. & Aggleton, J.P. (2007). Neurotoxic lesions of the rat perirhinal and postrhinal cortices and their impact on biconditional visual discrimination tasks. Behavioural Brain Research 176(2): 274.
  • Aggleton, J.P., Sanderson, D.J. & Pearce, J.M. (2007). Structural learning and the hippocampus. Hippocampus 17(9): 723-734.
  • Sanderson, D.J. & Bannerman, D.M. (2007). Super-smart mice: Surprised or Surprising?: Theoretical comment on Singer, Boison, Möhler, Feldon and Yee. Behavioral Neuroscience 121(5): 1137-1139.
  • Sanderson, D.J., Pearce, J.M., Kyd, R.J. & Aggleton, J.P. (2006). The importance of the rat hippocampus for learning the structure of visual arrays. European Journal of Neuroscience 24(6): 1781-1788.