Concordia University Research Chair in Psychology (Tier 1)
Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Science
Dr. Shimon Amir is a native of Rehovot, Israel. He obtained his first two degrees at Tel Aviv University, which included a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology, as well as an M.A. in Psychobiology and Clinical Psychology. He moved to Montreal in 1973 to pursue his doctoral studies in Psychology at McGill University, followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Concordia's Center for Research on Drug Dependence. After spending seven years as a Research Scientist at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, Dr. Amir returned to Concordia in 1987 to become amember of the Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology.
Dr. Amir's research interests are primarily in the area of circadian rhythms. Specifically, he is using molecular, neuroanatomical, physiological, neuroendocrine, and behavioural approaches to study the nature, regulation, and function of novel circadian clocks within limbic forebrain regions involved in the control of motivated behaviours and emotional states, such as the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis, amygdala, hippocampus and striatum. In a related line of research he studies how external and internal time signals gain access to, and regulate the activity of, brain circadian oscillators. Finally, Dr. Amir investigates modes and mechanisms of plasticity within the circadian system, focusing on the role of conditioning, emotional state, and stress in clock resetting and entrainment of circadian rhythms.
In a career spanning three decades, Dr. Amir has been tremendously successful in his research endeavours. His accomplishments include: