Dr. Bryan E. Kolb

Name: Bryan E. Kolb

Phone: 403.329.2405

E-mail: kolb@uleth.ca

Office: EP1148

Lab: EP1261

PhD - Pennsylvania State University
MSc - University of Calgary
BSc - University of Calgary


Bryan Kolb has published 5 books, including two textbooks with Ian Whishaw (Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology, 7th Edition; Introduction to Brain and Behavior, 4th Edition), and over 350 articles and chapters. Kolb was awarded a Killam Fellowship from the Canada Council and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is a former President of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science and former President of the Experimental Division of the Canadian Psychological Association. He is currently a member of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research’s program in Child and Brain Development.


Mychasiuk, R., Muhammad, A., Carroll, C., & Kolb B. (2013) Does Prenatal Nicotine Exposure Alter the Brain’s Response to Nicotine in Adolescence? A Neuroanatomical Analysis. European J Neuroscience, 38, 2491-2503.

Himmler, B.T., Pellis, S.M., & Kolb, B. (2013). Juvenile play experience primes neurons in the medial prefrontal cortex to be more responsive to later experiences. Neuroscience Letters, 556, 42-45.

Mychasiuk, R., Muhammad, A., Gibb, R., & Kolb B. (2013) Long-term alterations to dendritic morphology and synaptic connectivity associated with prenatal exposure to nicotine. Brain Research, 1499, 53-60.

Kolb, B., Mychasiuk, R., Muhammad, A., & Gibb, R. (2013). Brain plasticity in the developing brain. Progress in Brain Research, 207: 35-64.

Milstein, J.A., Elnabawi. A., Swanson, T., Enos, J.K., Bailey, A.M., Kolb, B., & Frost, D.O. (2013). Olanzapine treatment of adolescent rats causes enduring specific memory impairments and alters cortical development and function. PLoS ONE, 8(2):e57308.

Mychasiuk, R., Muhhamad, A. & Kolb, B. (2014) Environmental Enrichment Alters Structural Plasticity of the Adolescent Brain But Does Not Remediate the Effects of Prenatal Nicotine Exposure. Synapse, 68: 293-305.

Mychasiuk, R., Muhammad, A., Ilnytsky, S., & Kolb, B. (2013). Persistent Gene Expression Changes in NAc, mPFC, and OFC Associated with Previous Nicotine or Amphetamine Exposure. Behavioural Brain Res, 256, 655-651.

Muhammad, A., Mychasiuk, R., Hosain, R., Nakahashi, A., Carroll, C, Gibb, R., & Kolb, B. Training on motor and visual spatial learning tasks in early adulthood produces large changes in dendritic organization of prefrontal cortex and nucleus accumbens in rats given nicotine prenatally. Neurosc, 252, 178-189.

Kolb, B. and Gibb, R. (2014). Searching for principles of brain plasticity and behavior. Cortex, 58C:251-260.

Kolb, B. & Muhammad, A. (2014). Harnassing the power of neuroplasticity for intervention. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 8:377 doi: 10.3389.

Himmler, B.T., Nakahashi, A., Snow, E., McMickle, A., Muhammad, A., Biondolillo, K.D., Pellis, S.M., & Kolb, B. (2014). Juvenile play experience does not affect nicotine sensitization and voluntary consumption of nicotine in adult rats. Developmental Psychobiology, 56: 1052-60.

Gibb, R.L., Gonzalez, C.L., and Kolb, B. (2014) Prenatal enrichment and recovery from perinatal cortical damage: effects of maternal complex housing. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience 8:223, doi:103389.