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Behavioral Neuroscience Seminar Series

Time & Place: Thursdays, 4pm in BOUS 160 (Map)
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Spring 2017

Jan 19 Alexander Petrenko, RAS Cellular alkali sensor: a new chapter in homeostasis physiology
Jan 26 Student Talk: Fatemeh Khatami Neural Coding and Models for Natural Sounds Recognition
Feb 2 Jocelyn Richard (Johns Hopkins) 3:30p Neural Circuits Underlying the Invigoration of Reward Seeking
Feb 6 Elizabeth Lucas (Mt Sinai) 3:30p Losing Your Inhibition: GABAergic Plasticity in Emotional Learning
Feb 9 Kathryn Nautiyal (Columbia) 3:30p Distinct circuits underlie the effects of serotonin on impulsive and aggressive behavior
Mar 9 Etan Markus The hippocampus, episodic memory, navigation and moreā€¦ – insights from rats
Mar 16 Spring Break
Mar 23 Christine Constantinople, Princeton
Rob Froemke, NYU (5pm)
Economic decision making in rats
Synaptic plasticity in ‘real life’: maternal behavior and cochlear implants
Mar 30 Josh McDermott, MIT Computational Neuroimaging of Human Auditory Cortex
Apr 6 Student Talk: Peter Perrino
Student Talk: Ryan Troha
Behavioral Assessment of USH2A KO Mice
Developing an observational learning paradigm: comparing an escape and foraging task in female rats
Apr 13 Ben Saunders (Johns Hopkins) Midbrain Circuit Mechanism of Motivated Behavior
Apr 20 Student Talk: Jen-Hau Yang
Student Talk: Rose Presby
Catechol-o- methyltransferase (COMT) functions and Val 158 Met polymorphisms: A review and behavioral study.
Pharmacological Studies of Effort-related Choice Behavior in Mice
Apr 27 Student Talk: Renee Rotolo
Student Talk: Erica Eddy
Reversing Effort-Related Impairments with the Adenosine A2A Antagonist Preladenant
Overcoming the Behavioral Discrimination Biases in a Two-Alternative Forced Choice Paradigm
May 4 Student Talk: Tommy Lee From place cell to behavior: Functional processing along the hippocampus longitudinal axis

Past Seminars (2014-), Past Seminars (Before 2014)

PSYC 5200 & Student Presentations

The seminars are open to any interested faculty, staff, and students. However, BNS graduate students are required to take 4 semesters of seminar (PSYC 5200) for credit. The major goal of the course is to give students a chance to practice presenting and getting feedback on their own research. Senior graduate students and advanced/honors undergraduates working in BNS/PNB labs may also register.

Course Expectations:

  • Attendance at Thurs 4pm talks is mandatory for students registered for the course
  • Registered students should give 1 talk per semester
  • Send in your title and a short abstract (~300 words) 1 week before your scheduled talk
  • Avoid technical problems by checking the projector/laptop/adapters well before your presentation

Grading: pass/fail based on attendance (50%) and participation (50%)