Rachel Alison Adcock
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Education & Training
M.D., Yale University School of Medicine 1999
Ph.D., Yale University 1999
Dr. Adcock received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Emory University and her MD and PhD in Neurobiology from Yale University. She completed her psychiatry residency training at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute at UC-San Francisco and did neurosciences research as a postdoctoral fellow at UC-SF, the San Francisco VA Medical Center, and Stanford before joining the Duke faculty in 2007. Her work has been funded by NIDA, NIMH, NSF and Alfred P. Sloan and Klingenstein Fellowships in the Neurosciences, and the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, and honored by NARSAD awards, the 2012 National Academy of Sciences Seymour Benzer Lectureship, and the 2015 ABAI BF Skinner Lectureship. The overall goals of her research program are to understand how brain systems for motivation support learning and to use mechanistic understanding of how behavior changes biology to meet the challenge of developing new therapies appropriate for early interventions for mental illness.
Memory, motivation, neuroscience, dopamine
Wang, C, Lee, J, Ho, NF, Lim, JKW, Poh, JS, Rekhi, G, Krishnan, R, Keefe, RSE, Adcock, RA, Wood, SJ, Fornito, A, Chee, MWL, and Zhou, J. "Large-Scale Network Topology Reveals Heterogeneity in Individuals With at Risk Mental State for Psychosis: Findings From the Longitudinal Youth-at-Risk Study." Cerebral Cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991) 28.12 (December 2018): 4234-4243. Full Text
Chiew, KS, Hashemi, J, Gans, LK, Lerebours, L, Clement, NJ, Vu, M-AT, Sapiro, G, Heller, NE, and Adcock, RA. "Motivational valence alters memory formation without altering exploration of a real-life spatial environment." Plos One 13.3 (January 2018): e0193506-null. Full Text
MacDuffie, KE, MacInnes, J, Dickerson, KC, Eddington, KM, Strauman, TJ, and Adcock, RA. "Single session real-time fMRI neurofeedback has a lasting impact on cognitive behavioral therapy strategies." Neuroimage. Clinical 19 (January 2018): 868-875. Full Text
Scult, MA, Knodt, AR, Hanson, JL, Ryoo, M, Adcock, RA, Hariri, AR, and Strauman, TJ. "Individual differences in regulatory focus predict neural response to reward." Social Neuroscience 12.4 (August 2017): 419-429. Full Text Open Access Copy
Murty, VP, Ballard, IC, and Adcock, RA. "Hippocampus and Prefrontal Cortex Predict Distinct Timescales of Activation in the Human Ventral Tegmental Area." Cerebral Cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991) 27.2 (February 2017): 1660-1669. Full Text
Murty, VP, Tompary, A, Adcock, RA, and Davachi, L. "Selectivity in Postencoding Connectivity with High-Level Visual Cortex Is Associated with Reward-Motivated Memory." The Journal of Neuroscience : the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience 37.3 (January 2017): 537-545. Full Text
Murty, VP, Tompary, A, Adcock, RA, and Davachi, L. "Selectivity in post-encoding connectivity with high-level visual cortex is associated with reward-motivated memory." The Journal of Neuroscience (December 5, 2016).
Murty, VP, LaBar, KS, and Adcock, RA. "Distinct medial temporal networks encode surprise during motivation by reward versus punishment." Neurobiology of Learning and Memory 134 Pt A (October 2016): 55-64. Full Text
Wang, C, Ji, F, Hong, Z, Poh, JS, Krishnan, R, Lee, J, Rekhi, G, Keefe, RSE, Adcock, RA, Wood, SJ, Fornito, A, Pasternak, O, Chee, MWL, and Zhou, J. "Disrupted salience network functional connectivity and white-matter microstructure in persons at risk for psychosis: findings from the LYRIKS study." Psychological Medicine 46.13 (October 2016): 2771-2783. Full Text
MacInnes, JJ, Dickerson, KC, Chen, N-K, and Adcock, RA. "Cognitive Neurostimulation: Learning to Volitionally Sustain Ventral Tegmental Area Activation." Neuron 89.6 (March 3, 2016): 1331-1342. Full Text
Murty, VP, and Adcock, RA. "Distinct medial temporal lobe network states as neural contexts for motivated memory formation." The Hippocampus from Cells to Systems: Structure, Connectivity, and Functional Contributions to Memory and Flexible Cognition. January 1, 2017. 467-501. Full Text
Sumner, E, Duffy, K, and Adcock, RA. "DOPAMINERGIC MODULATION OF REWARD-MOTIVATED MEMORY." 2013.
Murty, V, LaBar, K, and Adcock, RA. "THE ACTIVE AVOIDANCE OF THREAT ENHANCES NEURAL SENSITIVITY TO EXPECTANCY VIOLATION." 2013.
Clement, N, and Adcock, RA. "MOVE FASTER TO LEARN BETTER: EXPLORATION SPEED IMPACTS LEARNING ABOUT OBJECTS AND THEIR LOCATIONS." 2013.
Johnson, EB, Wilson, J, Poh, J, Yaakub, S, Dorairaj, K, Rapisarda, A, Chee, M, Chong, SA, Subramaniam, M, Keefe, R, Kraus, M, Thong, J, Bong, YL, and Adcock, RA. "Midbrain Modulation of Hippocampus Dependent Learning in Singaporeans at Ultra High Risk for the Development of Schizophrenia." April 15, 2012.
Murty, VP, Chong, SA, Subramaniam, M, Keefe, R, Kraus, M, Poh, J, Dorairaj, K, Thong, J, Bong, YL, and Adcock, RA. "Amygdala Reactivity in Singaporeans at Ultra High Risk for the Development of Schizophrenia." May 1, 2011.
Johnson, EB, and Adcock, RA. "Generalized Enhancement of Episodic Memory by Prior Reward Experience." May 1, 2010.
Duke CTSA (KL2) awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2018 to 2023
Duke CTSA (TL1) awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2018 to 2023
Targeting reward dysfunction as a mechanism to improve smoking cessation awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Mentor). 2016 to 2021
Modeling the Neurobehavioral Basis of Extrinsic and Volitional Motivation in ADHD awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2020
Environment Cue-Reactivity: Brain, Behavior and Clinical Outcomes in Tobacco Use awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2014 to 2020
Increasing Motivation in ADHD Via Self-activation of VTA awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2020
Instructed Activation of the Human Dopaminergic Midbrain Using Real-Time fMRI in Nicotine-Dependent Individuals awarded by Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2019
Smoking/Nicotine Dependence in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) awarded by National Institutes of Health (Collaborator). 2017 to 2019
Characterizing Neural Mechanisms of Cognitive Control awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2010 to 2019
Basic predoctoral training in neuroscience awarded by National Institutes of Health (Training Faculty). 1992 to 2018