Dr. Salinas is a native small-town Texan. Formerly a non-traditional/drop-out student, in 1990 he earned a B.S. in Psychology from Texas A&M. He was chosen as a National Science Foundation (NSF) Minority Graduate Research Fellow. In 1994, he earned a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from University of California-Irvine, and was chosen a NSF Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellow. From 1994-1996, Dr. Salinas was a postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychology Dept., McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. From 1996-1998 he worked as a postdoctoral Research Associate, Psychology Dept., University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. Since 1998 he has been an Asst. Professor, Dept. of Psychology and Institute for Neuroscience, University of Texas-Austin. His research focus over the last 10 years has been the neurobiology and neuropharmacology of learning, memory and emotion in general, with a particular interest in the neural basis of learning about failed expectations of reward (i.e., frustration) as a model system for studying how more-or-less independent multiple memory systems in the mammalian brain interact to guide and direct behavior. More recently, has begun research into lead (Pb++) exposure and it's effects on cognition and behavior and it's role as a risk factor for ADD/ADHD.
Neurobiology of learning, memory, and emotion (emphasis on fear & frustration); neuropharmacology of learning, memory, & emotion (emphasis on fear & frustration); multiple memory systems in the mammalian/human brain; effects of lead (Pb++) on cognition & behavior; neurobiology of ADD/ADHD. Drug effects on learning & memory. Aging