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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Ruiz, Casimira (2007).  Cognitive Deficits and Individual Differences Resulting from Behavioral Sensitization to an Escalating Dose of Methamphetamine.  Winner of a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research.
Mentor: Dr. Anne Marie Brady

Abstract

Sixteen rats were administered saline or an escalating dose of methamphetamine (meth) (3 days a week for 5 weeks, increasing 1 mg/kg to 5 mg/kg at 1 mg/kg a week). Locomotor activity of meth-treated animals resulted in sensitized (activity increased by 50% or more) and non-sensitized (activity did not increase by 50%) rats. Following a 4 week withdrawal period, rats were tested for conditioned place preference to determine the rewarding properties of the drug when compared to food. Additionally, rats were tested in a set-shifting task to assess cognitive impairment due to repeated meth use. Meth had no effect on either test for any of the three drug groups (sensitized, non-sensitized and saline).