Seminars & Events

Thursday, September 11, 2014: Dr. Bevil Conway (Wellesley College) will speak on his research in visual neuroscience and color at 4:30 pm in Goodpaster Hall 195.

Monday, October 27, 2014: Dr. Todd Gould (University of Maryland Baltimore) will speak on "Genes to behaviors to treatments in bipolar disorder" at 4:45 pm in Goodpaster Hall 195

Friday, December 5, 2014:  Dr. Brian Mathur (University of Maryland Baltimore) will speak on "Braking bad: Aberrant inhibitory neurotransmission in addiction" at 3:00 pm in Goodpaster Hall 195.

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Alumni Highlight

Check out Jordan Gaines Lewis '11's award-winning blog, Gaines on Brains. 

gainesonbrains.com

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SMP Spotlight

Katie Gluskin and Jeff Haus present their SMP
Katie Gluskin and Jeff Haus, "Entorhinal Cortex Lesions, Habituation, and Latent Inhibition," 2013. Gluskin and Haus, the 2013 co-winners of the Neuroscience Award, infused a neurotoxin into the entorhinal cortex of rats to induce a lesion, and measured the resulting habituation and latent inhibition behavior within a fear conditioning paradigm.

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Lewis, Christopher (2010).  The Influence of Voice Gender on the Perceived Sex of Biological Motion. (Mentor: E. Hiris)

Abstract 

Integrating information from multiple modalities allows us to live in an environment without being constantly confronted with perceptual ambiguity. I studied how visual and auditory information is integrated in making judgments about sex. Observers were shown a series of point-light walkers (PLWs) which each varied in the gender information they contained. Presenting those stimuli with unambiguous male, female, and neutral gender voices, each of which either addressed the stimuli or created the perception of being from the stimuli, had no effect on the visually perceived gender if the voice addressed the stimuli. However, when the voice was coming from the stimuli, the gender information carried by the voicer influenced the visually perceived gender. These data suggest auditory sex cues influenced the perceived sex of biological motion, but only when the voice was coming from the biological motion. Thus, audiovisual integration of biological motion is processed at a level that can differentiate if the auditory information is related to the visual stimuli.