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