The goal of the Neuroscience Program is, through interdisciplinary approaches, to facilitate students' understanding of the nervous system and development of rigorous scientific research, analysis, and communication skills.
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