Animal Research and IACUC

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

All faculty and students using live vertebrate animals -- whether for research or teaching, on or off campus -- must submit a Research Review Request to the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). He or she must obtain approval before beginning the research. The IACUC page will provide further information on how to submit an application for a study and what to do once it is approved.

Animal Research Ethics Training

Research involving animals must abide by the Federal Regulations protecting animal subjects (Animal Welfare Act/Animal Welfare Regulations). It is the responsibility of the investigators to become familiar with these regulations and ensure that all studies conducted at ACU abide by these policies. In addition, all research protocols submitted to the IACUC will require online training for every member of the research team. The Animal Research Ethics Training page will provide further information on these regulations and training.

New in Reasearch

Dr. Ryan Jessup, Assistant Professor of Marketing

Dr. Jessup is interested in decisions.  What causes people to choose poorly?  How do learning and contextual factors influence choice?  In seeking to answer these questions, his research uses psychological models of motivation to distill the computational properties of decision making.  Computational modeling enhances research by requiring precision in theory formulation and constraining predictions.

One of Dr. Jessup’s primary streams of research concerns the behavioral differences between decisions when options are completely described vs. decisions when options must be learned about via experience.  Prior research found that individuals choose quite differently between the two paradigms but the reasons underlying the difference are poorly understood.  One of Dr. Jessup’s studies demonstrated that the reception of feedback overwhelms descriptive information, driving the behavioral differences between paradigms.  This work has led him and his colleagues (including Dr. John Homer and undergraduate researcher Allison Phillips) to build a new model that merges sophisticated decision making mechanisms with reinforcement learning in order to successfully predict behavior in both paradigms better than existing models. Dr. Jessup has previously received Cullen awards for this work and is currently seeking external funding to continue this fascinating line of research.

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