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Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy Neurobiology Topics

Neurobiology Topics is a graduate journal club course in the Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy and the Neuroscience graduate program at Drexel University College of Medicine. The course meets every Thursday at 9 a.m. at 2900 W. Queen Lane, Room G23G, unless otherwise announced. Neurobiology Topics is a required course for students in the Neuroscience graduate program, but non-registered students, staff and faculty often attend and are welcome. For more information, please contact the course director, Tim Cunningham, PhD, at tjc29@drexel.edu.

Fall 2019 – Spring 2020

Module 1

Date: September 12, 2019
Seminar topic: The Microbiome and Mental Illness
Presentation by: Genevieve Curtis

Date: September 19, 2019
Seminar topic: The Microbiome and Mental Illness
Presentation by: Gal Daskal
Paper title: Transplantation of microbiota from drug-free patients with schizophrenia causes schizophrenia-like abnormal behaviors and dysregulated kynurenine metabolism in mice
Authors: Zhu F. et al.
Mol Psychiatry (2019)
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Date: September 26, 2019
Seminar topic: The Microbiome and Mental Illness
Presentation by: Philip Clark
Paper title: Alterations of the Host Microbiome Affect Behavioral Responses to Cocaine
Authors: Drew D. Kiraly et al.
Sci Rep. (2016) 18;6:35455
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Date: October 3, 2019
Seminar topic: The Microbiome and Mental Illness
Presentation by: Katie Bryant
Paper title: Antibiotic-induced microbiota perturbation causes gut endocannabinoidome changes, hippocampal neuroglial reorganization and depression in mice
Authors: Guida F. et al.
Brain, Behavior, and Immunity (2018) 67: 230-245
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Module 2

Date: October 10, 2019
Seminar topic: Intro: Neurobiology of Political Orientation and Social Dominance
Presentation by: Andrey Borisyuk

Date: October 17, 2019
Seminar topic: Neurobiology of Political Orientation and Social Dominance
Presentation by: Micaela O'Reilly
Paper title: Neural correlates of maintaining one’s political beliefs in the face of counterevidence
Authors: Jonas T. Kaplan, Sarah I. Gimbel and Sam Harris
Sci Rep. 2016; 6:39589
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Date: October 24, 2019
No Class: SFN

Date: Ocotber 31, 2019
Pre-Discovery Day Data Blitz (All Students)

Date: November 7, 2019
No Class: Discovery Day

Date: November 14, 2019
Seminar topic: Neurobiology of Political Orientation and Social Dominance
Presentation by: John Walker
Paper title: Conservatism and the neural circuitry of threat: economic conservatism predicts greater amygdala–BNST connectivity during periods of threat vs safety
Authors: Walker S. Pedersen, L. Tugan Muftuler and Christine L. Larson
Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci 2018;13(1):43-51
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Date: November 21, 2019
Seminar topic: Neurobiology of Political Orientation and Social Dominance
Presentation by: Dana Lengel
Paper title: Nonpolitical Images Evoke Neural Predictors of Political Ideology
Authors: Woo-Young Ahn et al.
Curr Biol. 2014;24(22):2693-9
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Date: November 28, 2019
No Class: Thanksgiving

Module 3

Date: December 5, 2019
Seminar topic: Intro: Importance of Olfaction in Human Behavior
Presentation by: Hemalatha Muralidharan

Date: December 12, 2019
Seminar topic: Importance of Olfaction in Human Behavior
Presentation by: Taylor McCorkle
Paper title: A Sniff of Happiness
Authors: Jasper H. B. de Groot et al.
Psychol Sci. 2015 Jun;26(6):684-700
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Date: December 19, 2019
Seminar topic: Importance of Olfaction in Human Behavior
Presentation by: Shrobona Guha
Paper title:
Parental olfactory experience influences behavior and neural structure in subsequent generations
Authors: Brian G. Dias and Kerry J. Ressler
Nat Neurosci. 2014 Jan; 17(1): 89–96.
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Date: January 9, 2020
Seminar topic: Importance of Olfaction in Human Behavior
Presentation by: Sadie Bennison
Paper title: A social chemosignaling function for human handshaking
Authors: Idan Frumin et al.
eLife. 2015; 4: e05154.
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Date: January 16, 2020
Seminar topic: Research in Progress
Presentation by: Breanne Pirino, Jani Bilchak, Philip Clark, Genevieve Curtis, Micaela O'Reilly

Module 4

Date: January 23, 2020
Seminar topic: Intro: What Can We Learn From Organoids?
Presentation by: Philip Yates

Date: January 30, 2020
Seminar topic: What Can We Learn From Organoids?
Presentation by: Nancy Mack
Paper title: Cerebral organoids reveal early cortical maldevelopment in schizophrenia — computational anatomy and genomics, role of FGFR1
Authors: Stachowiak EK et al.
Transl Psychiatry 22017 Nov 17;7(11):6
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Date: February 6, 2020
Seminar topic: What Can We Learn From Organoids?
Presentation by: Breanne Pirino
Paper title: An in vivo model of functional and vascularized human brain organoids
Authors: Mansour AA et al.
Nat Biotechnol. 2018 Jun;36(5):432-441
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Date: February 13, 2020
Seminar topic: What Can We Learn From Organoids?
Presentation by: Dillon Malloy
Paper title: Generation of Neural Organoids from Human Embryonic Stem Cells Using the Rotary Cell Culture System: Effects of Microgravity on Neural Progenitor Cell Fate
Authors: Cristiana Mattei et al.
Stem Cells Dev 2018 Jun 15; 27(12): 848–857
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Date: February 20, 2020
Seminar topic: Research in Progress
Presentation by: John Walker, Sam Wechsler, Candace Rizzi-Wise, Kyle Samson, Gal Daskal

Module 5

Date: February 27, 2020
Seminar topic: Intro: Neurobiology of Free Will and Decision Making (Addiction, Criminal Behavior, Etc.)
Presentation by: Cameron Trueblood

Date: March 5, 2020
Seminar topic: Neurobiology of Free Will and Decision Making (Addiction, Criminal Behavior, Etc.)
Presentation by: Candace Rizzi-Wise
Paper title: Disrupted Prefrontal Regulation of Striatal Subjective Value Signals in Psychopathy
Authors: Hosking JG et al.
Neuron 2017 Jul 5; 95 (1):221-231
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Date: March 12, 2020
Seminar topic: Neurobiology of Free Will and Decision Making (Addiction, Criminal Behavior, Etc.)
Presentation by: Jon Richards
Paper title: Preschoolers' Conformity (and Its Motivation) Is Linked to Own and Parents' Personalities
Authors: Hellmer K et al.
Br J Dev Psychol. 2018 Nov;36(4):573-588
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Date: March 19, 2020
Seminar topic: Research in Progress
Presentation by: Trevor Smith, Jon Richards, Katie Bryant, Shrobona Guha, Breanne Pirino

Date: March 26, 2020
No Class

Module 6

Date: April 2, 2020
Seminar topic: Intro: Computational Modeling of Nervous System
Presentation by: Jani Bilchak

Date: April 9, 2020
Seminar topic: Computational Modeling of Nervous System
Presentation by: Trevor Smith
Paper title: Premotor spinal network with balanced excitation and inhibition during motor patterns has high resilience to structural division
Authors: Petersen PC et al.
J Neurosci. 2014 Feb 19;34(8):2774-84.
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Date: April 16, 2020
Seminar topic: Computational Modeling of Nervous System
Presentation by: Sam Wechsler
Paper title: Computational modeling of spinal circuits controlling limb coordination and gaits in quadrupeds
Authors: Danner SM et al.
Elife 2017 Nov 22;6.
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Date: April 23, 2020
Seminar topic: Computational Modeling of Nervous System
Presentation by: Kyle Samson
Paper title: Deep Neural Networks Reveal a Gradient in the Complexity of Neural Representations across the Ventral Stream
Authors: Güçlü U, van Gerven MA
J Neurosci. 2015 Jul 8;35(27):10005-14
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Date: May 7, 2020
Seminar topic: Research in Progress
Presentation by: Sara Blazejewski, Andrey Borisyuk, Jaclyn DeFinis, Dana Lengel, Philip Yates, Nancy Mack

Date: May 14, 2020
Seminar topic: Research in Progress
Presentation by: Dillon Malloy, Shasha Yang, Cameron Trueblood, Sadie Bennison, Silvia Fernandes

Spring 2019 Neurobiology Topics

Date: January 3, 2019
Seminar topic: Neurobiology of Taste
Presentation by: Sadie Bennison
Paper title: Postnatal Reduction of BDNF Regulates the Developmental Remodeling of Taste Bud Innervation
Authors: Tao Huang, Liqun Ma, and Robin F. Krimm
Dev Biol (2015) 405(2): 225-236
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Date: January 10, 2019
Seminar topic: Neurobiology of Taste
Presentation by: Micaela O’Reilly
Paper title: Laminar- and Target-Specific Amygdalar Inputs in Rat Primary Gustatory Cortex
Authors: Melissa S. Haley, Alfredo Fontanini, and Arianna Maffei
The Journal of Neuroscience (2016) 36(9):2623–2637
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Date: January 17, 2019
Seminar topic: Research in Progress
Presentation by: Phil C., Dana, Linda, Phil Y., Jani

Date: January 24, 2019
Seminar topic: Module 3 Introduction: Neural Control of Locomotion
Presentation by: Erik Li

Date: January 31, 2019
Seminar topic: Neural Control of Locomotion
Presentation by: Cassie Alexandropoulos
Paper title: A Brain-Spine Interface Alleviating Gait Deficits After Spinal Cord Injury in Primates
Authors: Marco Capogrosso et al.
Nature. 2016 Nov 10;539(7628):284-288
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Date: February 7, 2019
Seminar topic: Neural Control of Locomotion
Presentation by: Dillon Malloy
Paper title: Proprioception From a Neurally Controlled Lower-extremity Prosthesis
Authors: Tyler R. Clites et al.
Sci Transl Med. 2018 May 30;10(443)
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Date: February 14, 2019
Seminar topic: Neural Control of Locomotion
Presentation by: Jani Bilchak
Paper title: Electrical Spinal Cord Stimulation Must Preserve Proprioception to Enable Locomotion in Humans With Spinal Cord Injury
Authors: Emanuele Formento et al.
Nat Neurosci. 2018 Dec;21(12):1728-1741
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Date: February 21, 2019
Seminar topic: Research in Progress
Presentation by: Cassie, Tucker, Ankita, Moriah, Dillon

Date: February 28, 2019
Seminar topic: Module 4 Introduction: CNS Autoimmune Disorders: Beyond MS
Presentation by: Margo Randelman

Date: March 7, 2019
Seminar topic: CNS Autoimmune Disorders: Beyond MS
Presentation by: Nancy Mack
Paper title: Transplanted Human Fecal Microbiota Enhanced Guillain Barré Syndrome Autoantibody Responses After Campylobacter jejuni Infection in C57BL/6 Mice
Authors: Brooks PT, Brakel KA, Bell JA, Bejcek CE, Gilpin T, Brudvig JM, Mansfield LS
Microbiome. 2017 Aug 8;5(1):92
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Date: March 14, 2019
Seminar topic: CNS Autoimmune Disorders: Beyond MS
Presentation by: Ruth Sueker
Paper title: Acute Mechanisms Underlying Antibody Effects in Anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate Receptor Encephalitis
Authors: Moscato EH, Peng X, Jain A, Parsons TD, Dalmau J, Balice-Gordon RJ.
Ann Neurol. 2014 Jul;76(1):108-19
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Date: March 21, 2019
Seminar topic: CNS Autoimmune Disorders: Beyond MS
Presentation by: Genevieve Curtis
Paper title: Anti-aquaporin-4 Monoclonal Antibody Blocker Therapy for Neuromyelitis Optica
Authors: Tradtrantip L, Zhang H, Saadoun S, Phuan PW, Lam C, Papadopoulos MC, Bennett JL, Verkman AS
Ann Neurol. 2012 Mar;71(3):314-22
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Date: March 28, 2019
Seminar topic: Research in Progress
Presentation by: Micaela, Andrey, Nancy, Erik L., Sara B.

Date: April 4, 2019
Seminar topic: Module 5 Introduction: Feature-Detecting Cells
Presentation by: Pamela Alonso

Date: April 11, 2019
Seminar topic: Feature-Detecting Cells
Presentation by: Tucker Collins
Paper title: Imprinting and Recalling Cortical Ensembles
Authors: Carrillo-Reid L., Yang W., Bando Y., Peterka DS., Yuste R.
Science, 2016 Aug 12; 353 (6300):691-694
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Date: April 18, 2019
Seminar topic: Feature-Detecting Cells
Presentation by: Phil Clark
Paper title: Hippocampal Representation of Related and Opposing Memories Develop within Distinct, Hierarchically Organized Neural Schemas
Authors: McKenzie S., Frank AJ., Kinsky NR., Porter B., Rivière PD., Eichenbaum H.
Neuron. 2014 Jul 2;83(1):202-215
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Date: April 25, 2019
Seminar topic: Feature-Detecting Cells
Presentation by: Phil Yates
Paper title: The Most Numerous Ganglion Cell Type of the Mouse Retina Is a Selective Feature Detector
Authors: Zhang Y., Kim IJ., Sanes JR., Meister M.
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 Sep 4;109(36):E2391-2398
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Date: May 2, 2019
Seminar topic: Feature-Detecting Cells
Presentation by: Moriah Harton
Paper title: An Auditory Feature Detection Circuit for Sound Pattern Recognition
Authors: Schöneich S., Kostarakos K., Hedwig B.
Sci Adv. 2015 Sep 11;1(8):e1500325
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Date: May 9, 2019
Seminar topic: Research in Progress
Presentation by: Avery, Jaki, Ioanna, Silvia, Emily

Date: May 16, 2019
Seminar topic: Research in Progress
Presentation by: Margo, Hema, Ruth

2018 Neurobiology Topics

Date: January 4, 2018
Seminar topic: Signaling in Cannabinoid and Opioid (Mis)use
Presentation by: Dana Lengel
Paper title: Effects of adolescent cannabinoid self-administration in rats on addiction-related behaviors and working memory
Authors: Kirschmann EK, Pollock MW, Nagarajan V, Torregrossa MM
Neuropsychopharmacology, 2017 April; 42(5):989-1000. doi:10.1038/npp.2016.178
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Date: January 18, 2018
Seminar topic: Neural Correlates of Consciousness
Presentation by: Lana Zholudeva
Paper title: Introduction
Authors: N/A

Date: January 25, 2018
Seminar topic: Neural Correlates of Consciousness
Presentation by: Pamela Alonso
Paper title: The neural correlates of dreaming
Authors: Francesca Siclari, Benjamin Baird, Lampros Perogamvros, Giulio Bernardi, Joshua J LaRocque, Brady Riedner, Melanie Boly, Bradley R Postle & Giulio Tononi
Nat Neurosci (2017) 20, 872-878
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Date: February 1, 2018
Seminar topic: Neural Correlates of Consciousness
Presentation by: Cameron Trueblood
Paper title: Disrupting posterior cingulate connectivity disconnects consciousness from the external environment
Authors: Guillaume Herbet, Gilles Lafargue, Nicolas Menjot de Champfleur, Sylvie Moritz-Gasser, Emmanuellele Bars, François Bonnetblanc, Hugues Duffau
Neuropsychologia 2014 56, 239-244.
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Date: February 22, 2018
Seminar topic: Stress and Epigenetics
Presentation by: Linda Chamberlin

Date: March 1, 2018
Seminar topic: Stress and Epigenetics
Presentation by: Jaki DeFinis
Paper title: Impact of voluntary exercise and housing conditions on hippocampal glucocorticoid receptor, miR-124 and anxiety
Authors: Alejandro Pan-Vazquez, Natasha Rye, Mitra Ameri, Bethan McSparron, Gabriella Smallwood, Jordan Bickerdyke, Alex Rathbone, Federico Dajas-Bailador, and Maria Toledo-Rodriguez
Mol Brain 8, 40, doi:10.1186/s13041-015-0128-8 (2015)
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Date: March 8, 2018
Seminar topic: Stress and Epigenetics
Presentation by: Margo Randelman
Paper title: Epigenetic regulation of the kappa opioid receptor by child abuse
Authors: Pierre-Eric Lutz, Jeffrey A. Gross, Sabine K. Dhir, Gilles Maussion, Jennie Yang, Alexandre Bramoulle, Michael J. Meaney, and Gustavo Tureck
Biol Psychiatry, doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2017.07.012 (2017)
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Date: March 15, 2018
Seminar topic: Stress and Epigenetics
Presentation by: Phil Yates
Paper title: Adolescent stress–induced epigenetic control of dopaminergic neurons via glucocorticoids
Authors: Niwa M, Jaaro-Peled H, Tankou S, Seshadri S, Hikida T, Matsumoto Y, Cascella NG, Kano S, Ozaki N, Nabeshima T & Sawa A
Science 339, 335-339, doi:10.1126/science.1226931 (2013)
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Date: March 22, 2018
Seminar topic: Stress and Epigenetics
Presentation by: Erin McEachern
Paper title: Holocaust exposure induced intergenerational effects on FKBP5 methylation
Authors: Rachel Yehuda, Nikolaos P. Daskalakis, Linda M. Bierer, Heather N. Bader, Torsten Klengel, Florian Holsboer, and Elisabeth B. Binder
Biol Psychiatry 80, 372-380, doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2015.08.005 (2016)
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Date:
March 29, 2018, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Research in Progress
Presentation by: Cameron Trueblood, Hema Muralidharan, Ankita Patil, Erik Li and Kirsten King
Room: Auditorium B, Queen Lane

Date: April 12, 2018
Seminar topic: Biological Correlates of Sexual Orientation
Presentation by: Lauren Plyer
Paper title: Brain activation associated to olfactory conditioned same-sex partner preference in male rats
Authors: Genaro A. Coria-Avila, Tamara Cibrian-Llanderal, Victor X. Díaz-Estrada, Luis I. García, Rebeca Toledo-Cárdenas, James G. Pfaus, Jorge Manzo
Hormones and Behavior (2018) 99, 50-56
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Date: April 19, 2018
NO CLASS

Date: April 26, 2018
Seminar topic: Biological Correlates of Sexual Orientation
Presentation by: Erik Li
Paper title: Prenatal administration of letrozole reduces SDN and SCN volume and cell number independent of partner preference in the male rat
Authors: Sandra Olvera-Hernández, Miguel Tapia-Rodríguez, Dick F Swaab, Alonso Fernández-Guasti
Physiology and Behavior (2017) 171, 61-68
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Date: April 26, 2018
Seminar topic: Biological Correlates of Sexual Orientation
Presentation by: Eugene Mironets
Paper title: Male homosexuality and maternal immune responsivity to the Y-linked protein NLGN4Y
Authors: Anthony F. Bogaert, Malvina N. Skorska, Chao Wang, José Gabrie, Adam J. MacNeil, Mark R. Hoffarth, Doug P. VanderLaan, Kenneth J. Zucker, and Ray Blanchard
PNAS (2018) 115(2), 302-306
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Date: May 3, 2018
Seminar topic: Research in Progress Talks
Presentations by: Linda Chamberlin, Emily Black, Pamela Alonso, Philip Yates, Nicholas Stachowski
Room: Auditorium A, Queen Lane

Date: May 10, 2018
Seminar topic: Research in Progress Talks
Presentations by: Lauren Plyler, Margo Randelman, Erin McEachern, Dana Lengel, Silvia Fernandez
Room: Auditorium B, Queen Lane

Date: May 17, 2018
Seminar topic: Research in Progress Talks
Presentations by: Jaki DeFinis, Genevieve Curtis, Sara Blazejewski, Jani Bilchak
Room: Auditorium B, Queen Lane

August 30: Mandatory Meeting

September 6: Flow Cytometry, Soha Chhaya

September 13: Transgenics, Crispr, etc., Sara Blazejewski

September 20: Whole Cell Patch Clamp Electrophysiology, Dana Lengel

September 27: Calcium Imaging, Jaki DeFinis

October 4: Module 1 Introduction: Cortical Layers II/III Complex Behaviors, Linda Chamberlin

October 11
Seminar topic: Cortical Layers II/III: Complex Behaviors
Presentation by: Andrey Borisyuk
Paper title: Directional Reaching for Water as a Cortex Dependent Behavioral Framework for Mice
Authors: Gregorio Luis Galinanes, Claudia Bonardi, Daniel Huber
Cell Reports (2018) 22, 2767-2783
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October 18: Pre–Discovery Day Data Blitz (ALL STUDENTS)

October 25
**Meet in Student Activities Center A
Seminar topic: Cortical Layers II/III: Complex Behaviors
Presentation by: Avery Runyan
Paper title: GABAergic malfunction in the anterior cingulate cortex underlying maternal immune
activation-induced social deficits
Authors: Kazuki Okamoto; Natsuko Hitora-Imamura, Hiroyuki Hioki, Yuji Ikegaya
Journal of Neuroimmunology (2018) 321, 92-96
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November 1
**Meet in Auditorium B
Seminar topic: Cortical Layers II/III: Complex Behaviors
Presentation by: Shasha Yang
Paper title: Distinct learning-induced changes in stimulus selectivity and interactions of GABAergic interneuron classes in visual cortex
Authors: Adil G. Khan, Jasper Poort, Angus Chadwick, Antonin Blot, Maneesh Sahani, Thomas D.
Mrsic-Flogel & Sonja B. Hofer
Nature Neuroscience (2018) 21, 851-859
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November 8: SFN, NO CLASS

November 15: Research in Progress (Kirsten K., Sadie, Shasha, Pam, Genevieve)

November 22: Thanksgiving Holiday, NO CLASS

November 29: Module 2 Introduction: Neurobiology of Taste, Emily Black

December 6
Seminar topic: Neurobiology of Taste
Presentation by: Ioanna Yiantosos
Paper title: Effects of Salt Taste Disorder on Behavior and Lifespan in Drosophila melanogaster
Authors: Tadayuki Kojima, Akira Furuyama, Kunio Isono, Tomohiro Hamada, Kenji Ohsuga, Satoshi Takada
Journal of Oral Biosciences (2018) 60(1):15-20
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December 13
Seminar topic: Neurobiology of Taste
Presentation by: Sylvia Fernandes
Paper title: Rewiring the Taste System
Authors: Hojoon Lee, Lindsey J. Macpherson, Camilo A. Parada, Charles S. Zuker, Nicholas J.P. Ryba
Nature (2017) 548(7667): 330–333
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2017 Neurobiology Topics

Date: Thursday, January 5, 2017, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Brain Games: Do They Work?
Presentation by: Hemalatha Muralidharan
Paper title: Computerized cognitive training restores neural activity within the reality monitoring network in schizophrenia
Authors: Subramaniam K, Luks TL, Fisher M, Simpson GV, Nagarajan S, Vinogradov S
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Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Diet Supplements/Nutrition and Brain Health
Presentation by: Victoria Spruance
Title: Introduction to Diet Supplements/Nutrition and Brain Health

Date: Thursday, January 26, 2017, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Diet Supplements/Nutrition and Brain Health
Presentation by: Linda Chamberlin
Paper title: Dietary supplementation with n-3 fatty acids from weaning limits brain biochemistry and behavioural changes elicited by prenatal exposure to maternal inflammation in the mouse model
Authors: : Li Q, Leung YO, Zhou I, Ho LC, Kong W, Basil P, Wei R, Lam S, Zhang X, Law AC, Chua SE, Sham PC, Wu EX, McAlonan GM. Reference: Transl Psychiatry. 2015 Sep 22;5:e641
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Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Diet Supplements/Nutrition and Brain Health
Presentation by: Austin Coley
Paper title: Vitamin C Deficiency in the Brain Impairs Cognition, Increases Amyloid Accumulation and Deposition, and Oxidative Stress in APP/ PSEN1 and Normally Aging Mice
Authors: : Dixit S, Bernardo A, Walker JM, Kennard JA, Kim GY, Kessler ES, Harrison FE. Reference: ACS Chem Neurosci. 2015 Apr 15;6(4):570-81
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Date: Thursday, February 9, 2017, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Diet Supplements/Nutrition and Brain Health
Presentation by: Ankita Patil
Paper title: Ketone bodies mediate antiseizure effects through mitochondrial permeability transition
Authors: : Kim DY, Simeone KA, Simeone TA, Pandya JD, Wilke JC, Ahn Y, Geddes JW, Sullivan PG, Rho JM. Reference: Ann Neurol. 2015 Jul;78(1):77-87
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Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Introduction to Tickle and Itch
Presentation by: Kirsten King
Paper title: Neural correlates to ticklishness in the rat somatosensory cortex.
Authors: : Ishiyama S, Brecht M. Science. 2016 Nov 11; 354(6313): 757-760
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Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Tickle and Itch
Presentation by: Cameron Trueblood
Paper title: Dynorphin acts as a neuromodulator to inhibit itch in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord.
Authors: Kardon AP, Polgár E, Hachisuka J, Snyder LM, Cameron D, Savage S, Cai X, Karnup S, Fan CR, Hemenway GM, Bernard CS, Schwartz ES, Nagase H, Schwarzer C, Watanabe M, Furuta T, Kaneko T, Koerber HR, Todd AJ, Ross SE. Neuron. 2014 May 7;82(3):573-86. doi: 10.1016.
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Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Tickle and Itch
Presentation by: Nesta Ha
Paper title: HTR7 Mediates Serotonergic Acute and Chronic Itch.
Authors: Morita T, McClain SP, Batia LM, Pellegrino M, Wilson SR, Kienzler MA, Lyman K, Olsen AS, Wong JF, Stucky CL, Brem RB, Bautista DM. Neuron. 2015 Jul 1;87(1):124-38.
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Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017, 9 a.m. in SAC B
Seminar topic: Neuroscience Student Reseach in Progress

Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Introduction to Deep Brain Stimulation (Not Just PD)
Presentation by: Tim Austin

Date: April 13, 2017, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Deep Brain Stimulation (Not Just PD)
Presentation by: Margo Randelman
Paper title: Deep brain stimulation of the ventral striatum enhances extinction of conditioned fear.
Authors: Rodriguez-Romaguera J, Do Monte FH, Quirk GJ. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 May 29;109(22):8764-9.
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Date: April 20, 2017, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Deep Brain Stimulation (Not Just PD)
Presentation by: Ashley Karnay
Paper title: Activation of a.m.PA Receptors Mediates the Antidepressant Action of Deep Brain Stimulation of the Infralimbic Prefrontal Cortex.
Authors: Jiménez-Sánchez L, Castañé A, Pérez-Caballero L, Grifoll-Escoda M, López-Gil X, Campa L, Galofré M, Berrocoso E, Adell A. Cereb Cortex. 2016 Jun;26(6):2778-89.
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Date: April 27, 2017, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Deep Brain Stimulation (Not Just PD)
Presentation by: Surya Pandey
Paper title: Refining deep brain stimulation to emulate optogenetic treatment of synaptic pathology.
Authors: Creed M, Pascoli VJ, Lüscher C. Science. 2015 Feb 6;347(6222):659-64.
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Date: Semptember 7, 2017, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Mitochondria and Aging
Presentation by: Ankita Patil

Date: Semptember 14, 2017, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Mitochondria and Aging
Presentation by: Hemalatha Muralidharan
Paper title: Role of Mitochondrial Metabolism in the Control of Early Lineage Progression and Aging Phenotypes in Adult Hippocampal Neurogenesis.
Authors: Beckervordersandforth R, Ebert B, Schäffner I, Moss J, Fiebig C, Shin J, Moore DL, Ghosh L, Trinchero MF, Stockburger C, Friedland K, Steib K, von Wittgenstein J, Keiner S, Redecker C, Hölter SM, Xiang W, Wurst W, Jagasia R, Schinder AF, Ming GL, Toni N, Jessberger S, Song H, Lie DC. Neuron. 2017 Feb 8;93(3):560-573.
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Date: September 21, 2017, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Mitochondria and Aging
Presentation by: Kirsten King
Paper title: Long-term melatonin administration protects brain mitochondria from aging.
Authors: Carretero M, Escames G, López LC, Venegas C, Dayoub JC, García L, Acuña-Castroviejo D. J Pineal Res. 2009 Sep;47(2):192-200.
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Date: September 28, 2017, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Mitochondria and Aging
Presentation by: Sarah Monaco
Paper title: A cannabinoid link between mitochondria and memory.
Authors: Hebert-Chatelain E, Desprez T, Serrat R, Bellocchio L, Soria-Gomez E, Busquets-Garcia A, Pagano Zottola AC, Delamarre A, Cannich A, Vincent P, Varilh M, Robin LM, Terral G, García-Fernández MD, Colavita M, Mazier W, Drago F, Puente N, Reguero L, Elezgarai I, Dupuy JW, Cota D, Lopez-Rodriguez ML, Barreda-Gómez G, Massa F, Grandes P, Bénard G, Marsicano G. Nature. 2016 Nov 24;539(7630):555-559.
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Date: October 19, 2017, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Plasticity in Auditory Systems
Presentation by: Surya Pandey

Date: October 26, 2017, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Plasticity in Auditory Systems
Presentation by: Jani Bilchak
Paper title: Cross-modal induction of thalamocortical potentiation leads to enhanced information processing in the auditory cortex
Authors: Emily Petrus, Amal Isaiah, Adasm P. Jones, David Li, Hui Wang, Hey-Kyoung Lee, and Patrick O. Kanold. Neuron. 2014 Feb 5; 81(3): 664–673.
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Date: November 2, 2017, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Plasticity in Auditory Systems
Presentation by: Sara Blazejewski
Paper title: Adaptive benefit of cross-modal plasticity following cochlear implantation in deaf adults
Authors: Carly A. Anderson,Ian M. Wiggins, Pádraig T. Kitterick, and Douglas E. H. Hartley Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 Sep 19; 114(38): 10256–10261.
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Date: November 9, 2017, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Plasticity in Auditory Systems
Presentation by: Silvia Fernandes
Paper title: Restoring auditory cortex plasticity in adult mice by restricting thalamic adenosine signaling
Authors: Blundon JA, Roy NC, Teubner BJW, Yu J, Eom TY, Sample KJ, Pani A, Smeyne RJ, Han SB, Kerekes RA, Rose DC, Hackett TA, Vuppala PK, Freeman BB 3rd, Zakharenko SS. Science. 2017 Jun 30;356(6345):1352-1356. doi: 10.1126/science.aaf4612.
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Date: November 16, 2017, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Plasticity in Auditory Systems
Presentation by: Nesta Ha
Paper title: Enhanced Excitatory Connectivity and Disturbed Sound Processing in the Auditory Brainstem of Fragile X Mice
Authors: Garcia-Pino E, Gessele N, Koch U. J Neurosci. 2017 Aug 2;37(31):7403-7419. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2310-16.2017.
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Date: December 7, 2017, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Signaling in Cannabinoid and Opioid (Mis)use
Presentation by: Genevieve Curtis
Paper title: Self administration of oxycodone by adolescent and adult mice affects striatal neurotransmitter receptor gene expression.
Authors: Mayer-Blackwell B, Schlussman SD, Butelman ER, Ho A, Ott J, Kreek MJ, Zhang Y. J Neurosci. 2014 Jan 31; 258:280-91. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2013.10.062.
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Date: December 14, 2017, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Signaling in Cannabinoid and Opioid (Mis)use
Presentation by: Nicholas Stachowski
Paper title: Compensatory activation of cannabinoid CB2 receptor inhibition of GABA release in the rostral ventromedial medulla in inflammatory pain.
Authors: Li MH, Suchland KL, Ingram SL. J. Neurosci. 2017 Jan 18; 37(3):626-636. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1310-16.2016.
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2016 Neurobiology Topics

Date: Thursday, January 14, 2016, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Introduction to Systemic Influences on the Brain
Presentation by: Brett Cornell

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Systemic Influences on the Brain
Presentation by: Surya Pandey
Papers to be discussed:
Villeda SA, Luo J, Mosher KI, Zou B, Britschgi M, Bieri G, Stan TM, Fainberg N, Ding Z, Eggel A, Lucin KM, Czirr E, Park JS, Couillard-Després S, Aigner L, Li G, Peskind ER, Kaye JA, Quinn JF, Galasko DR, Xie XS, Rando TA, Wyss-Coray T - The ageing systemic milieu negatively regulates neurogenesis and cognitive function - Nature. 2011 Aug 31;477(7362):90-4
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Date: Thursday, February 4, 2016, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Systemic Influences on the Brain
Presentation by: Soha Chhaya
Papers to be discussed:
Prossin AR, Koch AE, Campbell PL, Barichello T, Zalcman SS, Zubieta JK - Acute experimental changes in mood state regulate immune function in relation to central opioid neurotransmission: a model of human CNS-peripheral inflammatory interaction - Mol Psychiatry. 2016 Feb;21(2):243-51
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Date: Thursday, February 11, 2016, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Systemic Influences on the Brain
Presentation by: Eugene Mironets
Papers to be discussed:
Marques-Aleixo I, Santos-Alves E, Balça MM, Rizo-Roca D, Moreira PI, Oliveira PJ, Magalhães J, Ascensão A - Physical exercise improves brain cortex and cerebellum mitochondrial bioenergetics and alters apoptotic, dynamic and auto(mito)phagy markers - Neuroscience. 2015 Aug 20;301:480-95
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Date: Thursday, February 18, 2016, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Introduction to Psycholinguistics: Neurobiology of Language
Presentation by: Victoria Spruance, Module Leader

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2016, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Neurobiology of Language
Presentation by: Jessica Shaw
Papers to be discussed:
Giovanna Egidia, Alfonso Caramazzaa - Mood-dependent integration in discourse comprehension: Happy and sad moods affect consistency processing via different brain networks - NeuroImage
Volume 103, December 2014, Pages 20–32
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Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 01:00 PM
Seminar topic: Neurobiology of Language
Presentation by: Sarah Monaco
Papers to be discussed:
Robin Panneton Cooper and Richard N. Aslin - Preference for Infant-Directed Speech in the First Month after Birth - Child Development
Vol. 61, No. 5 (Oct., 1990), pp. 1584-1595
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Date: Thursday, March 3, 2016, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Neurobiology of Language
Presentation by: Sarah Monaco
Papers to be discussed:
Robin Panneton Cooper and Richard N. Aslin - Preference for Infant-Directed Speech in the First Month after Birth - Child Development
Vol. 61, No. 5 (Oct., 1990), pp. 1584-1595
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Date: Thursday, March 10, 2016, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Neurobiology of Language
Presentation by: Kyra Levy
Papers to be discussed:
Harris GJ, Chabris CF, Clark J, Urban T, Aharon I, Steele S, McGrath L, Condouris K, Tager-Flusberg H. - Brain activation during semantic processing in autism spectrum disorders via functional magnetic resonance imaging. - Brain Cogn. 2006 Jun;61(1):54-68.
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Date: Thursday, March 24, 2016, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Introduction to Neurobiology of Aggression
Presentation by: Zak Brodnik

Date: Thursday, March 31, 2016, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Neurobiology of Aggression
Presentation by: Cat Theisen
Papers to be discussed:
Cristofori I, Zhong W, Mandoske V, Chau A, Krueger F, Strenziok M, Grafman J - Brain Regions Influencing Implicit Violent Attitudes: A Lesion-Mapping Study - J Neurosci. 2016 Mar 2;36(9):2757-68
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Date: Thursday, April 7, 2016, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Neurobiology of Aggression
Presentation by: Tim Austin
Papers to be discussed:
Buades-Rotger M, Brunnlieb C, Münte TF, Heldmann M, Krämer UM - Winning is not enough: ventral striatum connectivityduring physical aggression - Brain Imaging Behav. 2016 Mar;10(1):105-14
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Date: Thursday, April 14, 2016, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Neurobiology of Aggression
Presentation by: Austin Coley
Papers to be discussed:
Gan G, Sterzer P, Marxen M, Zimmermann US, Smolka MN - Neural and Behavioral Correlates of Alcohol-Induced
Aggression Under Provocation - Neuropsychopharmacology. 2015 Dec;40(13):2886-96
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Date: Thursday, April 21, 2016, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Neurobiology of Aggression
Presentation by: Courtney Marshall
Papers to be discussed:
Takahashi A, Schilit AN, Kim J, Debold JF, Koide T, Miczek KA - Behavioral characterization of escalated aggression induced by GABAB receptor activation in the dorsal raphe nucleus - Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2012 Nov;224(1):155-66
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Date: Thursday September 8, 2016, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Module 1 Introduction: Neuron Bursting In Information Processing
Presentation by: Zak Brodnik

Date: Thursday, September 15, 2016, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Neuron Bursting In Information Processing
Presentation by: Lana Zholudeva
Papers to be discussed:
Zhu G, Liu Y, Wang Y, Bi X, Baudry M. Different patterns of electrical activity lead to long-term potentiation by activating different intracellular pathways. J Neurosci. 2015 Jan 14;35(2):621-33.
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Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Neuron Bursting In Information Processing
Presentation by: Emily Black
Papers to be discussed:
Deemyad T1, Metzen MG, Pan Y, Chacron MJ. Serotonin selectively enhances perception and sensory neural responses to stimuli generated by same-sex conspecifics. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Nov 26;110(48):19609-14.
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Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Neuron Bursting In Information Processing
Presentation by: Erik Prouty
Papers to be discussed:
Anderson EB1, Mitchell JF, Reynolds JH. Attention-dependent reductions in burstiness and action-potential height in macaque area V4. Nat Neurosci. 2013 Aug;16(8):1125-31.
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Date: Thursday October 6, 2016, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Module 2 Introduction: Rhythms & Sleep
Presentation by: Sarah Monaco

Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016, 9 a.m.
Pre-Discovery Day Data Blitz (ALL STUDENTS)

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016
DISCOVERY DAY: NO CLASS!

Date: Thursday October 27, 2016, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Rhythms & Sleep
Presentation by: Pamela Alonso
Papers to be discussed:
Eban-Rothschild A, Rothschild G, Giardino WJ, Jones JR, de Lecea L VTA dopaminergic neurons regulate ethologically relevant sleep-wake behaviors Nat Neurosci. 2016 Oct;19(10):1356-66.
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Date: Thursday November 3, 2016, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Rhythms & Sleep
Presentation by: Kaitlin Farrell
Papers to be discussed:
Popa D, El Yacoubi M, Vaugeois JM, Hamon M, Adrien J. Homeostatic Regulation of Sleep in a Genetic Model of Depression in the Mouse: Effects of Muscarinic and 5-HT1A Receptor Activation. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2006 Aug;31(8):1637-46.
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Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Rhythms & Sleep
Presentation by: Eugene Mironets
Papers to be discussed:
Lee H, Xie L, Yu M, Kang H, Feng T, Deane R, Logan J, Nedergaard M, Benveniste H. The Effect of Body Posture on Brain Glymphatic Transport. J Neurosci. 2015 Aug 5;35(31):11034-44.
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Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016
Society for Neuroscience Meeting: NO CLASS!

Date: Thursday, November 24, 2016
Thanksgiving Holiday: NO CLASS!

Date: Thursday, December 1, 2016, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Module 3 Introduction: Brain Games: Do they work?
Presentation by: Andrew Gargiulo

Date: Thursday, December 8, 2016, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Brain Games: Do they work?
Presentation by: Rachel Nolan
Paper title: The impact of acute stress on hormones and cytokines, and how their recovery is affected by music-evoked positive mood
Authors: Stefan Koelsch, Albrecht Boehlig, Maximilian Hohenadel, Ines Nitsche, Katrin Bauer & Ulrich Sack
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Date: Thursday, December 15, 2016, 9 a.m.
Seminar topic: Brain Games: Do They Work?
Presentation by: Melanie Martin
Paper title: Video game training enhances visuospatial working memory and episodic memory in older adults
Authors: Toril P, Reales JM, Mayas J, Ballesteros S
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