The Senior Program

As seniors, neuroscience majors carry out a research project that culminates in a thesis and an oral presentation. Working closely with a faculty advisor, each student uses the senior project to synthesize and focus previous coursework. The senior project is an original work of scholarship that provides an in-depth examination of a particular empirical or theoretical issue.

In the Senior Fellowship Program, as many as  seven Hamilton students undertake a major research project under the supervision of two or more faculty members. Recent senior fellows in neuroscience have studied octopamine and single neurons.

Recent projects in neuroscience include:

  • Phantom Words and Pretending to Speak: Cortical Re-instatement of Motor aand Visual Networks during Auditory Language Comprehension
  • The Neurobiology of Joint-Action Representation
  • Long-term Behavioral Consequences of Neonatal Exposure to a Dopamine Agonist
  • Does Learning Language Count? The Impact of Language Acquisition on Mathematics
  • Memory Reinstatement of Visual and Motor Networks During Auditory Language Comprehension
  • A Neurodevelopmental Model of Infection-Induced Schizophrenia
  • Mortality and Cognition: What Death Does to Your Mind
  • The Effects of Neonatal Steroid Treatment on Behavior and the Brain
  • If the Mad Men Had Met a Mad Scientist: Activation of the Motor Cortices and Its Role in Effective Advertising
  • Behavioral and Anatomical Effects of Repeated Self-Stimulation of the Ventral Tegmental Area in Rats
  • Communication in Autism: Neural Mechanisms of Emotional Face Processing
  • Molecular Cloning and Expression Analysis of a cDNA Encoding a Vitamin C Transporter in a Fruit Fly
  • The Effects Of Gonadectomy and Androgen Replacement Therapy on Bone Density, Behavior, and Adipose Tissue
  • Does Early Life Stress Lead to Alcohol Intake Later in Life?
  • Self-Compassion, Parenting, and the Development of Explicit and Implicit Self-EsteemThe Effects of Buspirone and Nonreward on Frustration
  • Highways Through the Brain: Using Microfluidic Chips to Explore Brain Tumor Stem Cell Migration
  • Sensorimotor Gating in the Post-pubescent Rat: The Double-Hit Model of Schizophrenia
  •  The Neural Interaction of Verbal and Nonverbal Cues in Empathy Perception
  • Long-term Effects of Maternal Separation and NMDA Receptor Antagonism in Early Life: A Rat Model of Schizophrenia
  • BPA, Sea Squirts, and You: Proposing Ciona Intestinalis as a Bioindicator Species for Bisphenol-a Accumulation in Marine Environments
  • Language Comprehension Networks for Proficient English-French Speakers as a Function of Immersion
  • Brain Networks for Discourse Content, Mouth Movements, and Gestures During Language Comprehension
  • Immunocytochemical Localization of Calretinin in the Rat Superior Colliculus
  • Memory Psychophysics: Support for the Reperception Hypothesis for Expansive Exponents
  • Behavioral Therapy in Institutional Settings
  • A Characterization of Ruffini Corpuscles in the Glabrous Feline Hindpaw
  • The Effects of Noise on Multiple Pulse Thresholds
  • Stochastic Resonance: The Effect of Noise on the Detection of Tactile Stimulation
  • Reduced Acetylcholine Transmission Via Scopolamine: Effects on the Electrophysiological Properties of Hippocampal Neurons
  • Expansion of the Four Channel Model of Mechanoreception
  • The Effects of Gender, Hemispheric Processing, and Music on Spatial Ability