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Dr. Matti Saari

Matti Saari
​Dr. Matti Saari
Faculty of Arts & Science - Psychology, Professor
office: H323-A
email: mattis@nipissingu.ca
tel: 705.474.3450      
ext: 4287
fax: 705.474.1947
web: NURON Labs


BA, Laurentian University;
MA, Carleton University;
PhD, Carleton University

Research Interests:

Brain Plasticity




​: Boyer, M., Rees, S., Quinn, J., Grattan-Miscio, K., McCallum, M. & Saari, M.J. (2003). Caffeine as a performance enhancing drug: gender, dose, housing and task considerations. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 97, 259-270.
Nobrega, J.N., Saari, M.J., Armstrong, J., & Reed, T. (1992). Neonatal 6-OHDA and enriched rearing conditions: Effects on regional brain 14-C-2-deoxyglucose uptake are critically dependent on arousal at test time, Developmental Psychobiology, 25(3), 183-198.
Fisher, K.N., Saari, M.J., Turner, R.A., Pineault, G. & Kleim, J. (1991). The post-weaning housing environment determines expression of learning deficit associated with neonatal monosodium glutamate (MSG). Neurotoxicology & Teratology, 13, 507-513.
Saari, M.J., Armstrong, J.N., Nobrega, J.N., Pappas, B.A. & Coscina, D.V. (1990) Neonatal 6-hydroxydopamine alters the behaviour of Enriched / Impoverished rats in a novel test environment. Behavioral Neuroscience, 104, 430-437.
Saari, M.J., Fong, S., Shivji, A., & Armstrong, J. (1990). Enriched housing masks deficits in place navigation induced by neonatal monosodium glutamate. Neurotoxicology & Teratology, 12, 29-32.
Saltstone, R., Saari, M.J., Stange, K., & Walsh, S. The gay party question of the Eysenck Personality Inventory: An example of the effects of item alteration on direction and latency of response. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 1989, 69, 735-738.
Pappas B.A., Saari M., Smythe J., Murtha S., Stange K. & Ings R. Forebrain norepinephrine and neurobehavioural plasticity: Neonatal 6-hydroxydopamine eliminates enriched-impoverished experience effects on maze performance. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behaviour, 1987, 27, 153-158.
Roadhouse, S., Saari, M.J., Roadhouse, D. & Pappas, B.A. Behavioural and biochemical correlates of hatchery rearing methods on Lake Trout (Salvelinus Namaycush). Progressive Fish-Culturist, 1986, 46, 38-42.
O'Shea, L., Saari, M., Pappas, B.A., Ings, R. & Stange, K. Neonatal 6-hydroxydopamine attenuates the neural and behavioural effects of enriched rearing in the rat. European J. of Pharmacology,  1983, 92, 43-47.
McIntyre, M., Graham, I. & Saari, M. Anxiety and satisfaction in working and non-working women in a northern Ontario community. Laurentian Journal, 1982, Vol. XIV, 2, 54-60.
Pappas, B.A., Gallivan, J., Dugas, T., Saari, M.J. & Ings, R. Intraventricular 6-hydroxydopamine in the newborn rat and locomotor responses to drugs in infancy; no support for the dopamine depletion model of Minimal Brain Dysfunction. Psychopharmacology, 1980, 70, 41-46.
McIntyre D.C., Healy L.M. & Saari M.J. Intraspecies aggression and monoamine levels in rainbow trout (Salmo Gairdneri) Fingerlings. Behavioural and Neural Biology, 1979, 25, 90-98.
McIntyre D.D., Saari, M.J. & Pappas, B.A. Potentiation of Amygdala Kindling in adult or infant rats by injections of 6-hydroxydopamine. Experimental Neurology, 1979, 63, 527-544.
Saari M.J. & Pappas B.A. Behavioural effects of neonatal systemic 6- hydroxydopamine. Neuropharmacology, 1978, 17, 863-871.
Saari M.J., Ings R. & Pappas B.A. Ontogeny of the post-decapitation convulsion in the rat: Effects of neonatal 6-hydroxydopamine. Neuropharmacology, 1978, 17, 873-877.
Pappas B.A. Saari M.J. Peters D.A.V. Roberts C.S. & Fibiger H.C. Neonatal systemic 6-OH and Dorsal Tegmental Bundle lesions: Comparison of effects on CNS Ne and the post-decapitation reflex. Brain Research, 1978, 155, 205-208.
Peters D.A.V., Pappas B.A., Taub H. & Saari M.J. Tyrosine hydroxylase activity in brain regions after intraventricular 6-hydroxydopamine  in the neonatal rat. Chemical Pathology and Pharmacology, 1978, 21, 161-165.
Peters D.A.V., Pappas B.A., Taub H., & Saari M.J. Effect of  intraventricular injections of 6-hydroxydopamine in neonatal rats on the catecholamine levels and tyrosine hydroxylase activity in brain regions at maturity. Biochemical Pharmacology, 1977, 26, 2211-2216.
Pappas, B.A., Saari, M.J. & Peters, D.A.V. Regional brain catecholamine levels after intraventricular 6-hydroxydopamine in the neonatal rat. Research Communication in Chemical Pathology and Pharmacology, 1976, 14, 751-754.
Saari, M.J. & Pappas, B.A. Cardiac cycle phase and movement and reaction time. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 1976, 42, 767-770.
Pappas, B.A., Ferguson, H.B. & Saari, M.J. Minimal brain dysfunction: Dopamine depletion? Science, 1976, 194, 451-452.
Pappas B.A., Peters D.A.V., Saari M.J., Sobrian S.K. & Minch E. Neonatal 6-hydroxydopamine sympathectomy in normotensive and  spontaneously hypertensive rats. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behaviour, 1974, 2, 381-386.
Saari, M.J., & Pappas, B.A. Neonatal 6-hydroxydopamine sympathectomy reduces foot-shock induced suppression of licking in normal and spontaneously hypertensive rats. Nature (New Biology), 1973, 266, 136-139.

Courses Taught:

PSYC 1105 Introduction to Psychology

PSYC 2125 Scientific Method And Analysis

PSYC 2605 Behavioural Neuroscience

PSYC 3005 Personality and Adjustment

PSYC 3205 Psychological Measurement

PSYC 3506 Neuropharmacology

PSYC 3256 Design & Analysis l

PSYC 3257 Multivariate Statistics (Co-taught)
PSYC 3266 Computer Methods in Psychology (Co-taught)

PSYC 3306 Learning

PSYC 3307 Laboratory in Learning and Memory

PSYC 3605 Psychopathology

PSYC 3916 Advanced Readings in Psychology

PSYC 3917 Special Projects Course

PSYC 4005 Systems and Theories in Psychology

PSYC 4105 Student's Investigation (Honours Thesis)

PSYC 4205 Fundamentals of Clinical and Counselling Psychology

PSYC 4706 Advanced Neuroanatomy

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