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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2022

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Decreased Expression Of Innate Immune Response Rel/Nf-Kb Transcription Factor Genes Relish And Dif In Cholinergic Neurons Alter Sleep Patterns In Drosophila Melanogaster., Kayla Audette
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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Tau Masks Sleep Differences Found In High And Low Expression Of Drosophila Neurotrophin 1, Nathaniel James Berle
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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Tau Masks Sleep Differences Found In High And Low Expression Of Drosophila Neurotrophin 1., Nathaniel James Berle
Department: Neuroscience

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Are The Eyes The Window To The Soul? An Investigation Into The Importance The Eyes Play In Emotion Recognition, Katherine A. Billetdeaux
Department: Neuroscience

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Studying The Effect Of The RNA-Binding Domain And Expression Level Of Nab2 On Tau-Mediated Neurodegeneration In The Fruit Fly, Drosophila Melanogaster, William C. Bodary
Department: Neuroscience; Biology

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The Sound Of Study: Examining The Effect Of Music On Attention, Learning, And Memory, Elly H. Ciesinski
Department: Neuroscience

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Time Flies: An Analysis Of Circadian Impact Upon Cell Cycle Regulation Using Boolean Modeling And A Developmental Drosophila Model, Emma Elizabeth Davidson
Department: Neuroscience

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Building Resistance: An Examination Of Characteristics And Mechanisms Of Alzheimer's Disease And Intervention Methods Which Can Provide Resilience Against Alzheimer's Pathology, Marc R. Dehoorne
Department: Neuroscience

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Dance Dance Evolution: Investigating The Effects Of Dance On Cognitive Inhibition Functions, Olivia Gates Friedman
Department: Neuroscience

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Analyzing A Possible Role Of Nab2 RNA Binding Protein In Regulating Transposition In D. Melanogaster, Seokyoung Ji
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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The Effect Of Perceived Loneliness On Oxytocin Levels In Humans Amidst The Covid-19 Pandemic, Kelsea Johnston and Sharon Lynn
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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The Effects Of Venlafaxine And Voluntary Exercise On Chronic Unpredictable Stress Induced Anxiety, Marly McGowan
Department: Neuroscience

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Developing Yeast As A Cellular Based Neurotransmitter Flourescently Engineered Reporter (Cnifer) For Acetylcholine, William Valentine McMichael
Department: Neuroscience

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Developing Yeast As A Cellular Based Neurotransmitter Flourescently Engineered Reporter (Cnifer) For Acetylcholine, William Valentine McMichael
Department: Neuroscience

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Understanding The Biological And Biochemical Properties Of A Conserved Peroxidase Responsible For The Suppression Of Genomic Instability, Douglass W. Morris II
Department: Neuroscience

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Understanding The Biological And Biochemical Properties Of A Conserved Peroxidase Responsible For The Suppression Of Genomic Instability, Douglass W. Morris II
Department: Neuroscience; Biology

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The Effects Of Acute Moderate Physical Exercise On Long-Term Recognition Memory With A Focus On The Encoding Phase Of Memory, Caitlyn O'Connor and Nathan Foster
Department: Neuroscience

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The Racial And Gender Microaggressions On Error Processing And Attentional Bias Within Black And White Women, Olivia K. Ogle
Department: Neuroscience

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Examining The Relationship Between Phonological Processing And Second Language Acquisition For Spanish-English Bilinguals, Hitomi Okamura
Department: Neuroscience

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The Effects Of Forced Exercise In An Alzheimer's Disease Mouse Model: Resilience To Behavioral Deficits, Angelo Arthur Petracci
Department: Neuroscience

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The Stories That Shape Us: Influence Of Folk Tales On Moral Decision Making And Risk Taking Behavior And Its Neurological Correlates, Grace N. Rooney
Department: Neuroscience

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Are You Sure You Don’t Know Me? A Facial Recognition Study And Examination Of The Other-Race Effect With External Feature Alterations, Emma M. Saxton
Department: Neuroscience

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The Effect Of Cannabidiol On Stress-Related Memory Impairments, Rajani Subramanian
Department: Neuroscience

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The Effects Of Cannabidiol On Stress Related Memory Impairments, Rajani Subramanian
Department: Neuroscience

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The Effects Of Warning Labels On Perceived Validity Of Fake News Present On Social Media, Befkadu Walthour
Department: Neuroscience

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The Effects Of Single Session Neurofeedback Simulation On Biological And Psychological Stress Responses: The Effects Of A Single Session Mediation On Stress, Jeremiah K. Whitney
Department: Neuroscience

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2021

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Antidepressant Effects of Sleep Deprivation Chronotherapy in Male and Female Sprague-Dawley Rats, Rachel Leigh Backstrom
Department: Neuroscience

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Mapping Out Learning: How Aerobic Exercise, Sex and Alzheimer's Disease Impact Learning, Grace G. Bouker
Department: Neuroscience

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Double, Double Toil and Trouble: Roles of dNab2 and dArc1 in Drosophila melanogaster Mushroom Body Axon Development, Marcel Lignani Elkouri
Department: Neuroscience

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Using Tau Protein to Investigate the Link between Sleep Deprivation and Alzheimer’s Disease in a Drosophila Model, Kaitlyn B. Evans
Department: Neuroscience

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SWS2 and LWS mRNA Sequences in Red and Blue Betta Splendens, Hannah Greenland
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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Communicating Science to College Students: A Comparison of Infographic and Text Based Approaches, Rachel Greer
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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You Have 10 Minutes Remaining: An Examination Into Common Test-Taking Anxieties’ Effect on Academic Performance in Relation to Academic Intrinsic Motivation and Achievement Goal Orientation, Megan R. Gronau
Department: Neuroscience

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The Effects of Meditation, if Any, on Pain Awareness, Sosna Hailu-Chanyalew
Department: Neuroscience; Philosophy

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Investigation the Effects of dNab2 Overexpression on Human Tau in Drosophila Melanogaster, James M. Hill
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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Autism and Psychopathy in the General Population: As they Relate to Perspective Taking in Bullying and Victimization Scenarios, Nathan Hill
Department: Neuroscience

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A Review of the Treatments of Anxiety Disorders Within the Adolescent Population, Jessica L.M. Kamen
Department: Neuroscience

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Dog Behave Differently When Meeting a Stranger Depending on their Personality and How the Stranger Acts, Margaret Loarca
Department: Neuroscience; Biology

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The Influence of Physical Exercise Mediated by Self-Regulation on Mental Health of College Students, Samuel Merga
Department: Neuroscience

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Effect of Adipokinetic Hormone on Mating Receptivity of Aedes aegypti Females, Dhwani Parsana
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Neuroscience

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The Impacts of Antioxidants and Environmental Enrichment on Memory and Learning in an Alzheimer’s Disease Rodent Model, Lexi Riley-DiPaolo
Department: Neuroscience; Psychology

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CBD Decreases Anxiety in ADHD-like Rat Model: Evidence for an Alternative Treatment Plan, Katie Sarzosa
Department: Neuroscience

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Varying Levels of Impulsivity in an ADHD Rodent Model Influences Behavioral Accuracy, Sydney K. Schultz
Department: Neuroscience

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The Effects of Down-regulated Immune Genes on Neuronal Cell Bodies and Axon Bundle Thickness after an Axonal Injury within the Wing in Drosophila melanogaster, Kera Sells
Department: Neuroscience

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“Tau be or not Tau be” The Involvement of the Innate Immune Response in Tau Pathology, Christine Rose Slater
Department: Neuroscience

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Now You See Me — Now You Don’t: An Investigation of Hair Alterations Effects on Face Identification in Own- and Other-race Faces, Maresa A. Tate
Department: Neuroscience

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Exploring How Environmental-Musical Context Change Affects Long-Term Memory, Brandon Robert Woolman
Department: Neuroscience

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: Biology; Neuroscience

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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 Sciences and Disorders; 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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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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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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Optimizing Intranasal Insulin Treatment During CPR Based on Delivery to the Brain, Mechanistic Target Engagement, and Neurologic Outcomes in a Rodent Model of Cardiac Arrest, 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