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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2016

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Testosterone and Song Recovery in Response to Short-Term Fasting in the Male Zebra Finch, Kaitlin Banko
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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Dealing with Errors: Academic Performance, Anxiety, Personality, and the Error-Related Negativity, Connor B. Bargar
Department: Neuroscience

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Investigating the Combined Effects of Relevant Environmental Contaminants Lead, Cadmium, and Fluoxetine, on the Behavior and Gene Expression of C. elegans., Anna R. Damato
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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The Effects of Chronic Mild Stress and Duloxetine on Learning and Memory, Alexandra Desotelle
Department: Neuroscience

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The Effects of Bilingualism on Attention and Task-Switching, Quintyn M. Fazio
Department: Neuroscience

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The Effects of Bilingualism on Attention and Task-Switching, Quintyn M. Fazio
Department: Neuroscience

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Determining the Function of Rna Binding Protein Nab2 on Neurogenesis During the Development of Drosophila Melanogaster, Andrew Herst
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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Blue Light at Night and Corticosterone: Disrupting Rodent Learning and Memory, Taylor J. Raybuck
Department: Neuroscience

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Exploring the Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Gene Expression in Drosophila Melanogaster, Kate M. Redding
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Neuroscience

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Turn Off the Light: An Examination of Sex Differences in the Effects of Light at Night on Working Memory in a Nocturnal Rat Model, Kathryn P. Reindel
Department: Neuroscience

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Requirement of Nab2 RNA Binding in Drosophila melanogaster Nervous System Development, Fatima L. Rodriguez
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Neuroscience

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An Investigation of the Bilingual Advantage for Response Inhibition Using Event-Related Brain Potentials, Willow Schram
Department: Neuroscience

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The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Learning and Memory in a Rat Model for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Peter Szeltner
Department: Neuroscience

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The Effects of Environmental and Physical Enrichment on the Motor Functioning and Cellular Plasticity in a Rat Model of Parkinson's Disease, Emily R. Wilson
Department: Neuroscience

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2015

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Attraction and the Other-Race Effect: Influences of Perceived Beauty on Facial Perception, Daniel A. Alfonso-Diaz
Department: Neuroscience

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Immediate Effects of Meditation on Negative Image Processing, Breanna Bertacchi
Department: Neuroscience

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Arginine Kinase in Myxococcus xanthus: Investigation of Specificity for Arginine Kinase during Cellular Motility and Fruiting Body Formation, Scott K. Bingman
Department: Neuroscience

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Virulence Modulation of Bordetella Pertussis via Inhibition of the Nicotinate Degradation Pathway, Lauren Buyan
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Neuroscience

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Investigation into the Physiological Role of Arginine Kinase in Caenorhabditis elegans Locomotion, Melanie Chin
Department: Neuroscience

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Effects of Dietary Omega-3 Supplementation During Early Development on Learning and Memory in Adulthood in a Rat Model, Sharla D. Dean
Department: Neuroscience

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Personality Factors Underlying Risk Propensity in Individuals with a History of Substance Abuse, Sophia Garfinkel
Department: Neuroscience

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Empathy & Euphoria: Facial Expression Discrimination & Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, Amy Huffenberger
Department: Neuroscience

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An Investigation on the Effect of Long-term and Short-term Lisdexamfetamine Dimesylate and Acute Exercise Treatment on Spatial Learning and Memory and Anxiety Levels in Adolescent Rats, Colleen M. Kill
Department: Neuroscience

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Emotion Suppression: Physiological Responses and Memory for Pictures, Mary Mattise
Department: Neuroscience

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Cognitive Enhancements with Interactive Media, Daniel Moon
Department: Neuroscience

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Lack of effects of Vitamin C in combination with MSG and ASM on learning of periadolescent mice, Christopher M. Munoz
Department: Neuroscience

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The Effects of Prenatal Exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) in combination with Prenatal Stress on Learning, Memory, and Anxiety in Rats, Hannah M. Olson
Department: Neuroscience

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Lactational Exposure to Duloxetine: The Effects on Depression and Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor Expression in the Hippocampus of the Rodent Model, Skye Patterson
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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Hopelessness and anxiety are suggested to decrease in depression induced by tryptophan depletion when combined with voluntary exercise in a rat model, Hannah Redding
Department: Neuroscience

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Exploring the Neuroprotective Effects of EGCG and Green Tea on the Vestibular System, Caitlyn F. Trullinger-Dwyer
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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The Therapeutic Effects of Environmental and Physical Enrichment on Motor Behavior Function in a Rat Model of Parkinson's Disease, Rachel A. Wortman
Department: Neuroscience; Psychology; Biology

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The Impact of Rumination and Mindfulness on Attentional Control and Depression, Ragav Yarasi
Department: Neuroscience

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2014

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The Effects of Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) on ApoE Gene Expression Levels Working Through RXR Receptors in Rat Liver and Hippocampus Samples, Aundrea Atwell
Department: Neuroscience

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Jury Perceptions of Neuroscience versus Psychological Explanations of the Other Race Effect, Christopher E. Bope
Department: Psychology; Neuroscience

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An Exploration of the Neuroprotective Properties of Omega-3 Fatty Acids In a Learning Deficient Mild TBI Model, Matthew R. Canter
Department: Neuroscience

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The Long-term Administration of Duloxetine and Hormonal Contraception Modulate Behaviors of Depression in the Rodent Model, Alexandra E. Dereix
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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Cognitive Differences as a Result of Concussion in Males and Females, Renee DeVivo
Department: Neuroscience

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The Effects and Implications of Sex Steroid Hormones on Adult Neurogenesis in the Main Olfactory Bulb, Shawn Drulia
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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Ketamine’s Prolonged Anti-Depressant Effects in Two Models of Rat Depression, Jacob M. Durkin
Department: Neuroscience

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Personality Differences in Perception of Emotion Intensity Between Dynamic and Static Stimuli, Jessika M. Hutchinson
Department: Neuroscience

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To the Morning Star and Back: An Investigation of Word Meaning, Shannon McKnight
Department: Neuroscience; Philosophy

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Regulation of Retinal Neuron Pathfinding in Drosophila melanogaster by Evolutionary Conserved Poly (a) Binding Proteins Implicated in Intellectual Disability, Emil R. Mehta
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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A Fruit Fly Model of Intellectual Disability: Regulation of Gene Expression by the Polyadenylation Binding Protein, dNab2, Ryan P. Moore
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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Looming Bias and Implicit Association: Is Racial Bias Implicit or Learned by Social Upbringing?, Mamoudou C. N'Diaye
Department: Neuroscience

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Dance and Neuroplasticity: Investigating Proprioceptive Enhancement in Novice Dancers, Emily R. Paulus
Department: Neuroscience

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Validating Biomarkers for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Toward Improving Specificity and Selectivity of Cross-Cultural Diagnostics, Jonathan W. Reeves
Department: Neuroscience; Psychology

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Nootropic Drug, Noopept, in a Rodent Model Concerning Morris Water Maze Latency and TrkB Full-Length Gene Downregulation, Stephen E. Rogers
Department: Neuroscience

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I Think I Can, I Think I Can, I Think I Can: The Role of Affect in Second Language Acquisition: Pienso Que Sí, Pienso Que Sí, Pienso Que Sí: El Papel de la Afición en la Adquisición de una Segunda Lengua, Steven A. Schott
Department: Neuroscience; Spanish

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A Progression of Reactive Microglial Levels in the Immunoinflammatory Response and Neuronal Cell Death After a Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury, Aidan C. Smith
Department: Neuroscience

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Sex-Specific Differences with Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation in an Adult Animal Model of ADHD: Omega-3 PUFAs in Adult ADHD, Kristen E. Thomas
Department: Neuroscience

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Divergent Effects of Prolonged Progesterone Exposure on Depressive-Like Symptoms and the Expression of Myelin Basic Protein in the Corpus Callosum of Adolescent Female Rats, Caroline R. Wensel
Department: Neuroscience

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The Effect of Group Influence on Verbal and Physiological Indicators of Fear, Heather R. Wilcox
Department: Neuroscience

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2013

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Lower Leg Compression Shows Promise to Improve Prolonged Peroneus Longus Reaction Time in Individuals With Functional Ankle Instability, Hanna Gabriel
Department: Neuroscience

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Time-Dependency of Β-Estradiol Neuroprotection Against Scopolamine-Induced Anterograde Amnesia in Rats, Rebecca Gravenstede
Department: Neuroscience

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An Investigation of Triclocarban's Effect on Testosterone, Anxiety, and Objective Memory Capabilities, Frank W. Kickel
Department: Neuroscience

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Accounts of Brain Disease: Exploring the Cellular Mechanisms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Its Implications in the Framework of Anomalous Monism As a Semantic Theory of Mind, Matthew Kirchner
Department: Neuroscience; Philosophy

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The Administration of a Novel Chemotherapy Agent in a Brain Tumor Mouse Model, Gregory A. Norris
Department: Neuroscience

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The Influence of Intergroup Contact on Implicit Attitudes: A Study of the Other-Race Effect, Elizabeth Plumley
Department: Neuroscience

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Identification and Functional Analysis of Voltage Dependent Calcium Channels in Paramecium Tetraurelia, Stephen Ryan
Department: Neuroscience

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The Impact of Formate on the Physiology of Campylobacter jejuni, Michael T. Terribile
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Neuroscience

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2012

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Effects of Simultaneous Antagonism of Nicotinic and Muscarinic Acetylcholine Receptors on Neuronal Apoptosis, Kevin James Audet
Department: Neuroscience

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The Effects of Curcumin on a C57Bl/6J Mouse Model of Thiamine Deficiency Induced Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome, Nikkisha Antoinette Baugh
Department: Neuroscience

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An Investigation of the Effects of Estrogen on Anxiety and Hippocampal-Dependent Fear Conditioning, Ashley Dawes
Department: Neuroscience

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Life's Tough, Wear a Helmet: the Lasting Effects of Multiple Concussions in College Athletes, Melissa Haug
Department: Neuroscience

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Effects of Chronic and Intermittent Stress on the Acceleration of Alzheimer's Disease in Mice, Priscilla Haug
Department: Neuroscience

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Effects of Swimming on the Behavioral and Neurochemical Deficits in a Rat Model of Parkinson's Disease, Rebecca Jean Haug
Department: Neuroscience

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Effects of Perinatal Exposure to Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals on Behavioral and Cellular Responses, Rebecca Lang
Department: Neuroscience

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Effects of Mate Separation on Corticosterone and Testosterone Levels in Zebra Finches, Taeniopygia Guttata, Lynanne MacDonald
Department: Neuroscience

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Roles of the Gonadotropins, Luteinizing Hormone and Follicle Stimulating Hormone, in Normal Age-Related Cognitive Decline, Matthew Mandell
Department: Neuroscience

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Distinguishing Between the Influence of Gonadal Hormones and Sex Chromosomes on Sexual Dimorphisms in the Cortex Through Use of the Four Core Genotypes Model, Kelsey Peters
Department: Neuroscience

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Patterns of Executive Function in Down Syndrome, Hannah E. Reiser
Department: Neuroscience

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Female Sex Hormones and Their Influence on Athletic Performance and Perception of Auditory Looming Sounds, Mary M. Riney
Department: Neuroscience

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Assessment of the Neuroprotective Efficacy of NGP1-01 on Reducing and Mediating Gliosis, Immunoinflammatory Response, and Neuronal Cell Death After Traumatic Brain Injury, Matthew Smith
Department: Neuroscience

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Impact of Perinatal Exposure to Polychlorinated Biphenyls and Bisphenol A on Learning and Memory in Mice, Elysse Brienne Wadman
Department: Neuroscience

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Protective Effects of Nicotine on Ethanol-Induced Toxicity on SH-SY5Y Cells, Hanna Yousuf
Department: Neuroscience

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2011

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To Regulate or Not to Regulate Your Hormones? the Involvement of Gonadotropins in the Development of Alzheimer's Disease., Taryn Aubrecht
Department: Neuroscience

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Exploring the Roots of Autism: Neurobiological Differences Between Btbr T+Tf/J and C57Bl/6J Mice, Carolyn Cahill
Department: Neuroscience

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Down-Regulation of Gonadotropins But Not Estrogen Replacement Improves Cognition and Pathology in Ovariectomized 3xTg AD Mice., Russell Palm
Department: Neuroscience

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Beat, the Webcam, and the Dilemma: What Trust Has to Do With Rhythm and Video-Communications, Miles Jacob Newman Schneider
Department: Neuroscience

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2010

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Are You Caffeinated Enough?: Effect of a Low Versus a High Dosage of Chronic Caffeine Treatment on Alzheimer's Disease Related Behavior and Pathology, Ashita Shyam Gurnani
Department: Neuroscience

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No Sex Differences in the Effects of Caffeine on Learning and Memory in Seven Month Old Appswe/Ps1D39 Transgenic Mice, Laetitia Tshilobo Mwilambwe
Department: Neuroscience