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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Asmann, S. (2006). A Behavioral Investigation of an Isolation-Rearing Model of Schizophrenia in Rats.
Mentor: Dr. Anne Marie Brady

Abstract

Isolation-rearing of rats leads to behavioral and neurochemical changes including deficits in pre-pulse inhibition, locomotor hyperactivity, and impairments in spatial learning.  These behaviors are analogous to vulnerability to stress and cognitive deficits in human schizophrenia.  This experiment addresses the relationships between these three behaviors through the use of acoustic startle, locomotor assessment in an activity chamber and a radial arm maze task.  The hypothesis was that animals raised in isolation would have greater PPI deficits, increased locomotor hyperactivity, and more difficulty completing a radial arm maze task.  These behaviors were hypothesized to be positively correlated with one another.  The research showed a significant increase in PPI deficit and difficulty in a radial arm maze task, but did not support the locomotor activity hypothesis or correlational hypothesis.