Dr. Scott Stoltenberg, assistant professor of psychology at Black Hills State University, will present a poster at the 19th annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science in Washington, D.C., May 25.

Stoltenberg co-authored the poster, entitled “Patterns of Simulated Serotonin Function Resemble Motor Impulsivity Scores,” with fellow BHSU faculty members Dr. Parthasarathi Nag, assistant mathematics professor, and Dr. Daniel Bergey, assistant biology professor.

The poster reports the findings of a recent study comparing the results of a computer simulation of the function of the serotonin neurotransmitter system with data that Stoltenberg’s research team collected regarding impulsivity and neurotransmitter genotypes. According to Stoltenberg, simulated serotonin system function most closely resembled motor impulsivity scores when groups defined by genotype were compared.

Stoltenberg’s research program is focused on better understanding how genes in neurotransmitter systems influence impulsivity, which is a risk factor for problems such as pathological gambling, substance use, and other risky behaviors. His research has been supported by a BHSU faculty research grant, a Governor’s 2010 Individual Research Seed Grant, and the South Dakota Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (SD BRIN).

Stoltenberg received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and post-doctoral training at the University of Michigan. He has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 2004.