Eric Wiertelak is the director of Macalester's Cognitive and Neuroscience
Studies program. A past-president of Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (the
international organization devoted to neuroscience education and research at the
undergraduate level), he is a behavioral neuroscientist and conducts behavioral and
physiological research to investigate how environmental stressors and learning impact on
neurophysiological response mechanisms, such as pain modulation. The current focus of his
lab is the systematic investigation of the claimed psychoactive effects of natural
remedies and aromatherapeutic agents. This work is funded by the National Center for
Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. 

EDUCATION: B.A., University of Central Florida, 1989; M.A., University of Colorado, 1991;
Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder, 1993. 

Wiertelak has been teaching at Macalester since 1993. 

Journal Articles


Shared innovations in education: Writing and reviewing for the undergraduate neuroscience community (with G L. Dunbar), Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education (2012)


The Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience: Learning lessons since 1991 (with Julio J. Ramirez and Jennifer R. Yates), Project Kaleidoscope Online (2011)


Free online resource for neuroscience educators: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education (JUNE) (with B. Johnson, G. Dunbar, and W. Grisham), Proceedings of the Society for Neuroscience (2013)

Nu rho psi, the national honor society in neuroscience (with L. Achor and A. Mickley), Proceedings of the Society for Neuroscience (2013)

The rat formalin nociception assay: Examination of putative analgesic effects of traditional medicines Yan Hu Suo, Wei Ling Xian, San Qi, and Xu Duan (with E. J. Gaidis), Proceedings of the 36th annual meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society (2013)