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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Ward, Caitlin (2007).  Conditioned Place Preference and the Effect of Dopamine Antagonism on Cocaine Reward in Adolescent and Adult Rats. 
Mentor: Dr. Anne Marie Brady

Abstract

Drug addiction is regulated by dopamine pathways in the human brain. Based on developmental differences between the adult and adolescent brain, it was hypothesized that adolescent and adult rats would respond differentially to treatment with drugs intended for cocaine anti-abuse. It was hypothesized that flupenthixol would block place preference in rats, and would be less effective in adolescent rats. Results show that rats demonstrated place preference, but found no differences between adolescents and adults, or groups receiving saline or flupenthixol prior to testing. Flupenthixol suppressed activity and movement, and had a greater affect on the suppression of movement in adult rats. These results suggest that behavioral responses to dopamine antagonism are different in adult and adolescent subjects.