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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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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

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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