Dr. Proctor’s Roach Research


Animal Behavior specialist, Dr. Darby Proctor, made the front cover of Discovery Magazine with her roach research:

“Utilizing cockroaches as testing subjects is a new frontier that has a world of potential.

In her fall physiological psychology classes, Darby Proctor, assistant professor in the School of Psychology, introduced Blaberus discoidalis roaches to learn about neuroscience. The idea stemmed from a desire to provide an interactive experience for the students who are dealing with many complex concepts. Proctor uses equipment and electrodes that attach to a roach’s leg and can manipulate the neurons and electricity moving the limb.”

By Ryan Randall:

To read the full article, you can go online https://newsroom.fit.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/MK-628-1118_FINALweb.pdf


About Author

Adele Hall is the administrative assistant for the School of Psychology in charge of uploading the Psychology Science minutes. The authors of the minutes are listed in the written portion. The Psychology Science Minutes are coordinated by Juanita N. Baker, Ph.D., faculty emerita, and reviewed by former Dean Mary Beth Kenkel, faculty emerita.

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