Dr. Matti Saari

Matti Saari
Professor / Faculty of Arts and Science - Psychology, Sociology and Child and Family Studies - Psychology
Full-time Faculty
BA, Laurentian University
MA, Carleton University
PhD, Carleton University
Research Interests:

Brain Plasticity



Current & Future Research:

​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.