Martin Clark

Dr. Martin Clark

Lecturer in Neurobiology

School of Psychology

Darwin Building, DB213

+44 (0) 1772 89 5171

Subject Areas: Psychology

Martin Clark is a Neuroscientist. His main current interest is in the brain circuits of reward and pleasure. During his PhD he developed expertise in the use of multi-electrode array technology and other in vitro methodologies to investigate neuronal activity.  He has recently studied the effects of dopamine in the ventral pallidum and is interested in how the interaction between dopamine and serotonin may modulate the ventral pallidum and our experience of pleasure and reward.

Martin is a member of the BNA (British Neuroscience Association).

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Martin completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Sheffield, obtaining an undergraduate degree in Psychology in 2005 and a Master’s degree in Psychological Research Methods in 2015.

Martin also spent eight years working as an A Level Psychology teacher and examiner, developing and delivering content on a variety of Psychological topics, such as: Biopsychology, Sports Psychology and Forensic Psychology.

Martin completed a PhD in the laboratory of Dr. Enrico Bracci at the University of Sheffield in 2018, where he developed techniques to investigate output of the basal ganglia using multi-electrode array technology. His PhD examined the extrinsic modulation of ventral pallidum neurons by dopamine and serotonin, parts of which were recently published in the journal Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience.


  • PhD Neuroscience / Biopsychology, The University of Sheffield, 2018
  • M.Sc. Psychological Research Methods, The University of Sheffield, 2015
  • PGCE – Post-Graduate Certificate in Education, Sheffield Hallam University, 2006
  • BSc (Hons.), Psychology, The University of Sheffield, 2005




Clark, M. and Bracci, E (2018). "Dichotomous Dopaminergic Control of Ventral Pallidum Neurons." Front Cell Neurosci 12: 260.


Poster presentation at the British Neuroscience Association’s annual conference in Dublin (2019).