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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2020

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Seminal Fluid-Derived Adipokinetic Hormone (sfAKH) Influences Mating Behavior in Female Aedes aegypti with Observations on Accessory Reproductive Glands, Gemma Briggs
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Neuroscience

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The Consequences of Thin-Ideal Media on Women's Body Image and Health, Claire Davis
Department: Neuroscience; Psychology

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Conspicuousness of Dissosteira carolina against varying environmental backgrounds using avian predator and conspecific insect visual modeling, Frederick R. Gilbert
Department: Neuroscience; Biology

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Behavioral Effects of Human Tau Expression and Sleep Deprivation on Drosophila melanogaster, Benjamin R. Gregoire
Department: Neuroscience; Biology

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The Effect of the Antioxidant Supplement, Protandim, on a Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease, Jennifer Grossmann
Department: Neuroscience

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No Need to Stress: The Effects of Protandim Supplementation on Counteracting Oxidative Stress via the Nrf2 Pathway, Kelsey Taylor Hall
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Neuroscience

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Mosquitoes Bloody Suck!: Identifying Potential Vectors and Non-Human Hosts of Mosquito-Borne Pathogens in Alajuela, Costa Rica, Emma R. Hambright
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Neuroscience

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I Got Rhythm How 'Bout You?: An Investigation of the Impact of Rhythm on Word Retrieval, Christian Howard-Smith
Department: Communication; Neuroscience

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The Effects of Environmental Enrichment and Antioxidant Supplementation on an Alzheimer’s Disease Rodent Model, Alison Hsu
Department: Neuroscience

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Investigating the effects of chronic corticosterone exposure during the weanling phase of Rattus norvegicus on adult learning and memory function, Dina Jamshidi
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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The Effect of Familiarity on Face Processing of the Other-Race Classification Advantage, Nashmia Khan
Department: Neuroscience

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The Effects of Melatonin on the Glymphatic System in an Alzheimer's Disease Mouse Model, Eleni Miliotou
Department: Neuroscience

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A Boolean Model of Microglial Phenotype Transitions under Acute and Chronic Inflammation, Bao Chau Nguyen
Department: Neuroscience

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Effect Of Nutrient On Sleep In Drosophila, Augustine U. Ogwoh
Department: Neuroscience; Biology

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Visual and Auditory Perception of Horror, Timothy Perales
Department: Neuroscience

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We Are Unaware of How Unaware We Are: The Effects of Stress, Mood and Past Experiences on Our Ability to Make Decisions, Kwame Poku-Acheampong
Department: Neuroscience; Psychology

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Examining the Human-Dog Dyad: The Effects of Dogs in Reducing State-Level Anxiety in Stress-Inducing Situations, Krenare Rakoci
Department: Neuroscience

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Investigating the Effects of the chico1 Genetic Mutation on Regional Eye Morphology of Drosophila melanogaster, Katie Schwab
Department: Neuroscience

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The Impact of Acquisition Context on the Affective Perception of Taboo Words, Katherine Sendek
Department: Neuroscience

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An Investigation into the Possible Impact of Early-Life Stress on Music as a Stress-Reduction Tool, Sarah Marie Histed Vandenbergen
Department: Neuroscience

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Spaced Training in the 5CSRTT Proves Beneficial in Early Levels, Rebecca Renee Warren
Department: Neuroscience

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The Effect of Seminal Fluid Adipokinetic Hormone on the Blood Feeding Behavior of Aedes aegypti, Chen Wu
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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Mind Control? Immunohistochemical Analysis of Tachykinin Receptor and GABAergic Neurons in the Cephalic Ganglia of the Cockroach Brain, William J. Yakubik III
Department: Neuroscience; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Investigating the Effects of Nab2 Overexpression on Molecular and Sleep Phenotypes of Tau Neurotoxicity in Drosophila Melanogaster, Daron Z. Yim
Department: Neuroscience

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Cocktail Parties and Semen Quality: Effects of Auditory Cues on Semen Parameters, Mahlet Frezer Zemedkun
Department: Neuroscience

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Spooky Scary Skeletons: Sexual Dimorphisms in the Cranial Morphology of Betta splendens, Sara Zidek
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Neuroscience

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2019

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The Effects of Noise Exposure on the Peripheral Vestibular System: An Investigation of Sex Differences and Threshold Shift Following Vestibular Damage, Megan R. Battersby
Department: Neuroscience

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“Got Sleep?”: An Investigation of Possible Proteomic Sleep Regulators in Drosophila melanogaster, Oscar Benjamin Bautista
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Neuroscience

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Monitoring Proteostasis with the Folding Sensor AgHalo in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Patrick C. Carmel
Department: Neuroscience

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“Got Sleep?”: An Investigation of Possible Proteomic Sleep Regulators in Drosophila melanogaster, Adam D. Chalek
Department: Neuroscience

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The Effects of Enrichment and the Combination of Enrichment and Amphetamine on Hyperactivity in a Rodent Model of ADHD, Nikki Charles
Department: Neuroscience

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Bright Lights, Colors All Around: Differential Effects of Chromaticity and Luminance Contrast on a Visual Search Task, Peyton L. Corbi
Department: Neuroscience

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Rescuing Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Memory Impairment Through Nrf2 Activation, Michael T. Crookshanks
Department: Neuroscience

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The Effects of Environmental Enrichment on a Rodent Model of Alzheimer’s Disease and the Role of Senescence in Alzheimer Pathology, Emma N. Fikse
Department: Neuroscience

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Anger and the Other-Race Effect in a Recognition Memory Task, Melanie F. Kacin
Department: Neuroscience

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The Effect of a Placebo introduced as a Cognitive Stimulant on Working Memory in Humans, as reflected by the P300 ERP Amplitude, Suriah Khan
Department: Neuroscience; Psychology

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The Invisible Injury: Post-concussion Syndrome Symptoms on Emotion Processing Following Acute Mental Stress, Emma Lawrence
Department: Neuroscience

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Influence of Familiarity on the Other Race Effect, Lily Loughman
Department: Neuroscience

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Are You Happy? Effect of Stress on Gene Expression of Betta Splendens, Rie Matsuzaki
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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Parental Stress, Parental Coping, and the Rating of Children’s Executive Functions: Is there a Relationship Between Coping and Executive Functioning?, Grace Minnes
Department: Neuroscience

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The Impact of Antioxidant Supplementation on Affective Behavior and Cognitive Function in a Prenatally Stressed Rodent Model, Jordan F. Murray
Department: Neuroscience

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The Characterization of Mary Shelley, a Drosophila Ortholog of the Mammalian Cables1 Protein, In the Drosophila Larval Brain and Ventral Nerve Cord, Erin Killeen O'Connor
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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Learning and Memory in Rodent Models of ADHD and Depression in the Morris Water Maze, Vanessa Ortega Ramirez
Department: Neuroscience

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The Progression of Aβ Proteins in the Retrosplenial Cortex Using an APP/PS1 Alzheimer’s Disease Transgenic Rodent Model, Maha H. Rashid
Department: Neuroscience

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Analyzing the Effect of Nab2 Overexpression on Pathological Phenotypes in a Transgenic Fly Model of Tauopathy, Adam C. Richert
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Biology; Neuroscience

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Defying the System: A Boolean Model of Neuronal Fate Decision and Aberrant Cell Cycle Re-entry in Alzheimer’s Disease, Carolina N. Shams
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Neuroscience

Can True Mastery Orientation Be Elicited? An Exploration and Manipulation of Learning Orientation in Students, Thadius M. Skillman
Department: Neuroscience

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2018

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The Science of Forgetful Mothers: Determining the Long-Term Effects of Parity on the Hippocampal Cholinergic System in Female Rats, Leighton Albrecht
Department: Neuroscience

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Hakuna Fermata: Music's Anxiolytic Effect on Chronic Stress in Sprague Dawley Rats, Elise K. Black
Department: Neuroscience

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The Effects of Divorce on Baseline Corticosterone, Affiliative and Neophobic Behaviors in Zebra Finches, Rachel Brandon
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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The Influence of Positive and Negative Context Images on the Other Race Effect, Samantha M. Davis
Department: Neuroscience

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Investigating the Influence of Nab2 on CaMKII Expression in Drosophila Melanogaster, Camille Hanes
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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Comparing the Expression of the Phosphodiesterase Pde1c between Drosophila melanogaster Mutants, Rebecca Hotz
Department: Neuroscience

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Go to Sleep: A Comparison Between Spontaneous-Hypertensive Rodents and Sprague-Dawley Rodents' Performances in a Spontaneous Alternation Task after Short-Term Sleep Deprivation, Jordan Kindinger
Department: Neuroscience

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The Behavioral and Genetic Effects of Repeated Exposure to the Anesthetic Tricaine (MS-222) on Learning and Memory in Betta splendens, Christina Labib
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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Neurological Effects of Loving Kindness Meditation on Social Connection and Racial Bias, Colleen M. Lopez
Department: Neuroscience

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Performance on the 5 Choice Serial Reaction Time Task Following Treatment with Frequency Specific Microcurrent in the Spontaneously Hypertensive Rat, Erin O'Leary
Department: Neuroscience

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Flint Still Matters: The Effect of Lead Exposure On Aggressive Behavior and htr1aa Gene Expression in Male Betta splendens, Sara Onitsuka
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Radiation-Induced Neurocognitive Impairments, Matea Paveskovic
Department: Neuroscience

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Influence of Stress on Spatial Orientation, Nanak Saran
Department: Neuroscience; Psychology

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A Boolean Model of Neuronal Death Upon Cell Cycle Re-Entry, Emma Schroeter
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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The Interplay Between Early Life and Later Life Nutritional Conditions on Learning and Memory, Lango Sichizya
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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Racial Stereotypes Influence Dialect Comprehension: an Event-Related Potential Study, Maurryce Starks
Department: Neuroscience

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Nature-Based Sounds Impact on Autonomic Nervous System Response to Stress in a Virtual World, Justin J. Warner
Department: Neuroscience

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The Impact of Type 1 Diabetes on Inhibition, Shifting, and Psychomotor Efficiency, Kate Witt
Department: Neuroscience

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2017

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The Role of PKA and Cyclic AMP During Sleep Deprivation in Drosophila Melanogaster, Noah Armstrong
Department: Neuroscience

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Dogs as a Mediator for Stress, Judith Basting
Department: Neuroscience

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Investigating Changes in Protein Markers Following Sleep Deprivation in Drosophila Melanogaster, Petra N. Boutros
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Neuroscience

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Generational Effects of d-amphetamine on ADHD-like Behaviors, Fred D. Coplin
Department: Neuroscience

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Examination of the Effect of High Level Zinc Exposure on Alzheimer's Disease Related Memory in Mice, Natalie Coschigano
Department: Neuroscience

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Picture This: The Effect of Imagery and Processing Type on False Memories, Gabrielle Croes
Department: Neuroscience

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Effects of venlafaxine on Meloidogyne incognita grown on Arabidopsis thaliana amino acid permease 6 mutants, Madeline Horvat
Department: Neuroscience

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Task and Timing Effects on Priming: Explicit Prime Evaluation Eliminates Priming Effects in the Affect Misattribution Procedure, Madi Hunt
Department: Neuroscience

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The Drosophila melanogaster polyadenosine RNA binding protein, Nab2, is necessary for survival and neural development, in a model of intellectual disability., Michael Kahl
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Neuroscience

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An Attempt to Characterize the Multi-Subunit Nicotinic Acid and 6-Hydroxynicotinic Acid Dehydrogenase Complexes in the Nicotinic Acid Degradation Pathway of Bacillus niacini, Kathleen Irina Kalafatis
Department: Neuroscience

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The Effects Of An Overexpressed Dominant Negative Serine-Threonine Kinase, Lkb1K174M, On Lifespan Of Drosophila Melanogaster, Carolina Luchini
Department: Neuroscience

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The Relationship Between Order, Grit, Academic Efficacy, and the Academic Success of College Student-Athletes, Riley Markko
Department: Neuroscience

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An Investigation of Potential Genes that May Cause Varying Blue Phenotypes in Betta Splendens, Thomas G. McGrath
Department: Neuroscience

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Impact of Hormone Replacement Therapy on Basal Forebrain Driven Tasks and Choline Acetyltransferase Expression in a Rodent Multiparous and Nulliparous Menopause Model, Megan E. Mey
Department: Neuroscience

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The Effects of Negative Emotion on Source Recognition During Memory Retrieval, Greta Minor
Department: Neuroscience

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Child Maltreatment, Cortisol, and Neurodevelopment: How Home-Life and Cortisol Affect Mental Health, Jessica D. Packard
Department: Neuroscience

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Measuring the Effects of Early Life Stress, Adulthood Chronic Stress, and Allopregnanolone on Spatial Learning and Memory in Female Sprague-Dawley Rats, Jessica C. Partyka
Department: Neuroscience

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Effects of Diet and Exercise on Stress Tolerance and Cognitive Processes involved with Mental Health, Ashley M. Pogue
Department: Neuroscience

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The Individual, Social, and Cultural Perception of Non-native Phonemes: A Neuroscientific and Linguistic Study, Marie Louise Schroder
Department: French and Francophone Studies; Neuroscience

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A Boolean Modeling Approach to Understanding Synergies Between Cell Phenotypes in Early Neurogenesis, Nathan R. Sundheimer
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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The Effects of Neonatal MK-801 on Conditioned Place Preference of Nicotine Reward, Katherine L. Wilson
Department: Neuroscience

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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Attempting to Identify the Calcium-Dependent Sodium Channel in Paramecium Tetraurelia, Thomas J. Camp
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; 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