The Senior Program

As seniors, neuroscience majors carry out a research project that culminates in a thesis and an oral presentation. Working closely with a faculty advisor, each student uses the senior project to synthesize and focus previous coursework. The senior project is an original work of scholarship that provides an in-depth examination of a particular empirical or theoretical issue.

In the Senior Fellowship Program, as many as  seven Hamilton students undertake a major research project under the supervision of two or more faculty members. Recent senior fellows in neuroscience have studied octopamine and single neurons.

Recent projects in neuroscience include:

  • Chemogenetic Inactivation of the Cortico-Accumbens Pathway Impairs Social Recognition in Rats
  • MoxDl/TBHR a Protein in Search of a Function - The Role of Cell Death
  • The Impact of Varying Levels of Fantastical Elements on Children’s Word Learning from Storybooks
  • Activation of Neurons that Project from the Amygdala to the Prefrontal Cortex does not Impair Social Recognition Memory in Rats
  • The Social Strain Model as a Proposed Reinforcement Pathway of Social Isolation
  • The Role of Executive Functions for Cue Integration Across Time in a Complex Task
  • PANDAS: The Missing Microglial Link
  • The Role of Parasympathetic Activation in Affective Perception: An Attentional Mechanism
  • The Role of Sensory Stimuli in the Development of Infant Social Cognition
  • Causal Inference for Spatial Localization
  • Oligodendrocyte Transcription Factor 2 as a Potential Target for Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis
  • Cortisol Reactivity to Loneliness in Older Adults
  • Stress and Embodied Emotion: Dysregulation of Allostatic and Predictive Axes
  • Exploring Delta Opioid Receptors as a Novel Preconditioning Mechanism for Neuronal lschemic Injury
  • The Connection between the Hippocampus and the Amygdala does not Regulate Social Recognition in Rats
  • MoxDl/TBHR a Protein in Search of a Function - The Role of Glycosylation
  • Familial Alzheimer’s Disease Mouse Models as a Tool for Studying Potential Targets for the Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease
  • The Effects of Lead Exposure on Visual System Development
  • The Interplay Between Strategic & Feedback-Based Motor Learning in 6- to 7-Year-Old Children
  • Evaluation of the Role of Anti-Inflammatory Cytokine Treatment of Psoriasis on Chronic Stress and Depression
  • MoxDl/TBHR: A Protein in Search of a Function - The Role of ER stress
  • Synaptic dysfunction in Fragile X Syndrome Due to Loss of Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein in Astrocytes
  • The Exploration-Exploitation Dilemma: The Value of Information
  • How Your Gut Controls You: Probiotics and the Behavioral Immune System


Department Name

Neuroscience Program

Contact Name

Siobhan Robinson, Program Director

Office Location
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323

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