Dr. Matthew Schmolesky was born in West Palm Beach, Florida. He received his B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina in 1993. He received his Masters in Experimental Psychology from Wake Forest University in 1995 and his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Utah in 2000, respectively. While studying at the University of Utah, he conducted research on the visual pathways looking at aspects of color, orientation and aging. As a Grass Fellow at the Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, MA) he studied the well developed visual system of squid. His postdoctoral research at Erasmus University Medical Center (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) was focused upon the biological basis of memory using synaptic plasticity in the cerebellum as a model. From 2004 to 2006 he served in the U.S. Department of State (most recently for the Science and Technology Adviser to Secretary Condoleeza Rice) as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dr. Schmolesky is now an Associate Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Neuroscience Program at Weber State University. He teaches a broad range of neuroscience and psychology courses, and his research focuses on the upregulation of neurotrophins (via physical activity, mental activity, or diet), and the behavioral genetics of risk taking behavior and cognitive assessment.