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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:

  • Trauma-induced stress in rats: Examining therapeutic approaches
  • Formation and updating of stimulus-stimulus associations following chemogenetic silencing of postrhinal cortex neurons
  • Clarifying the Sign Span Discrepancy
  • Elucidating the inflammatory response to TBI in Drosophila melanogaster
  • Action painting and active art viewing
  • Olfactory and Visual Learning in Drosophila melanogaster
  • Which noise means food? The Role of postrhinal cortex in stimulus-stimulus association
  • Perceptions of social inclusion under alcohol use
  • Influence of musical training on perception and cognition
  • Too Afraid to Include: Fear Suppresses the Neural Encoding of Out-Group Members.
  • Variation in Bilingual Cognitive Performance Contingent on Age of Acquisition.
  • The Impact of Perceptual Noise and Emotional Expression on the Neural Encoding of Faces: An EEG Study.
  • The Effects of Positive Stereotyping on Math Performance.
  • DARPP-32: The Key to Drug Addiction?
  • Learning and Memory Deficits in a Drosophila melanogaster Model of Traumatic Brain Injury

Contact Information


Neuroscience Program

198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
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