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July 2019

Neuroscience Summer Seminar Series – Joseph Bergan joined by Eric Strieter

July 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Tobin 423, 135 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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Joe Bergan Assistant Professor Bergan Lab Psychological and Brain Sciences Eric Strieter Associate Professor Strieter Lab Chemistry July 10, 2019, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Tobin Hall Room 423 An in vitro platform for nanobody generation and molecular interrogation of intact neural circuits It is possible to observe neural circuits deep inside tissue samples, revealing neuroanatomy with fine detail while also preserving the macroscopic organization of the intact brain. However, many powerful tools used to understand the molecular organization of…

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Neuroscience Summer Seminar Series – Lisa Sanders

July 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Tobin 423, 135 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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July 17, 2019, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Tobin Hall Room 423 Lisa Sanders Associate Professor, Associate Chair for Research Neurocognition and Perception Laboratory Psychological and Brain Sciences Auditory and Phonological Processing During Natural Language Comprehension Current measures fail to isolate the auditory and phonological processes that contribute to natural speech comprehension from other linguistic and domain-general abilities.  I’ll be submitting an R01 (NICHD) proposal in October that aims to evaluate new event-related potential (ERP) measures specific to the auditory,…

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Neuroscience Summer Seminar Series – Rosie Cowell

July 31 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Tobin 423, 135 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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July 31, 2019, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Tobin Hall Room 423 Rosie Cowell Assistant Professor Computational Memory and Perception Lab Psychological and Brain Sciences Banishing Ghosts of Process from the Neural Machinery of Human Memory Thanks to patients Phineas Gage and Henry Molaison, we have long known that behavioral control depends on the frontal lobes, whereas declarative memory depends on the medial temporal lobes. For decades, cognitive functions – behavioral control, declarative memory – have served as labels for…

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August 2019

Neuroscience Summer Seminar Series – Kirby Deater-Deckard

August 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Tobin 423, 135 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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August 7, 2019, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Tobin Hall Room 423 Kirby Deater-Deckard Professor Individual Differences in Development Lab Psychological and Brain Sciences Fun Challenges in Research on Human Development: Construct, Continuity, Context I will provide an overview of our collaborative research program on development of individual differences in self-regulation (brain, heart, cognition and behavior), and present some of the (fun!) challenges we developmentalists face when investigating individual trajectories of change – construct validation, heterotypic continuity, and contextual moderators.…

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Neuroscience Summer Seminar Series – Sarah Pallas

August 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Tobin 423, 135 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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August 14, 2019, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Tobin Hall Room 423 Sarah Pallas Associate Professor Pallas Lab Biology "Self-repair in developing visual pathways" Non-mammalian vertebrates have the capacity to repair CNS pathways even as adults, whereas this capacity is lost shortly after birth in mammals.  For adult humans, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can at best be partially compensated for by spared pathways taking over some of the lost function.  Understanding how neonatal mammals can accomplish self-repair is necessary in…

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Neuroscience Summer Seminar Series – Mariana Pereira

August 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Tobin 423, 135 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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August 21, 2019, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Tobin Hall Room 423 Mariana Pereira Assistant Professor Psychological and Brain Sciences How do mothers mother? Flexibility and Plasticity in the Maternal Circuitry Across the Postpartum Period The process of motherhood depends on the crucial maternal ability to link sensory cues with the underlying needs of the young, and promptly and contingently respond to their evolving needs. How do mothers tune their caregiving behavior to the young’s needs, affect, and developmental stage? The…

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September 2019

NSB Seminar – Caroline Robertson

September 4 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Morrill Science Center II room 222, 611 North Pleasant St
Amherst, MA 01003
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September 4, 2019, 4:00 p.m. Morrill 2, Room 222 Caroline Robertson Dartmouth College, Assistant Professor Robertson Lab Psychological and Brain Sciences "Sensory processing in autism - Core phenotypic status?" Atypical sensory experience is estimated to occur in ~90% of autistic individuals and to affect every sensory modality: taste, touch, audition, olfaction and vision. Because the neural computations underlying sensory processing are relatively well understood and are conserved between humans and other animals, sensory paradigms have considerable potential for shedding light on autistic…

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NSB Seminar – Distinguished Lecturer – Larry Young

September 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Morrill Science Center II room 222, 611 North Pleasant St
Amherst, MA 01003
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September 18, 2019, 4:00 p.m. Morrill 2, Room 222 Larry Young William P. Timmie Professor Department of Psychiatry, Emory University Young Lab "The Neurobiology of Social Bonding, Empathy and Social Loss: Implications for Autism" Dr. Young conducts research on the neurobiological bases of complex social behavior and social cognition. He is interested in understanding the neural circuitry and genetics underlying social information processing and the formation of social bonds. He is also interested in understanding the biological bases for diversity…

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NSB Seminar – Roger Colbran

September 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Morrill Science Center II room 222, 611 North Pleasant St
Amherst, MA 01003
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September 25, 2019, 4:00 p.m. Morrill 2, Room 222 Roger Colbran Professor, Vanderbilt School of Medicine Colbran Lab Molecular Physiology and Biophysics "Synaptic CaMKII signaling: new 'tricks' for an old kinase" Calcium-calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) is an abundant neuronal protein first characterized about 40 years ago. We now know that its structure is ideally suited to respond to dynamic changes in synaptic calcium concentrations and serve as a “memory molecule”, with critical roles in long-term potentiation and spatial learning. Recent…

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October 2019

NSB Seminar – Cory Miller

October 2 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Morrill Science Center II room 222, 611 North Pleasant St
Amherst, MA 01003
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October 2, 2019, 4:00 p.m. Morrill 2, Room 222 Cory Miller Professor, UCSD Cortical Systems and Behavior Lab Psychology "Natural behavior and the primate brain"

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