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.


Alumni Highlight

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




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.


Shutty, M. (2005). The Effect of Mucismol, a GABA Agonist, on the Acquisition of Learning Set in Male Long Evans Rats.
Mentor: Dr. Aileen Bailey


Fourteen male Long-Evans rats were randomly assigned to one of two groups: saline (n = 7) or muscimol (n = 7).   The rats received 0.5 mg/kg of muscimol (intraperitoneal, i.p.) or saline (i.p.) during the initial 40 odor-unique discrimination problems to test effects of muscimol on the acquisition of learning set.   Muscimol did not impair the acquisition of a learning set, as evidenced by the significantly higher than expected by chance Trial 2 performance.   Muscimol also did not result in performance or motor deficits, or changes in emotionality.   

Read the paper (pdf format, 223 KB)