Einstein’s Fifth Symphony

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By Jessie Lau, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology ‘20 Author’s Note: Growing up, playing the piano was a major part of my life— weekdays were filled with hour-long practices while Saturdays were for lessons. My schedule was filled with preparations for board exams and recitals, and in the absence of the black and white keys, my fingers were always tapping away […]

Frontiers in Animal Behavior Research: Scientific Application of Krogh’s Principle

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By Kaiming Tan, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, ‘16 Author’s Note: As a student who is engaged in biological sciences research, I often read research publications and perform experiments in laboratory classes and research projects. A common theme across these studies is that different labs use various model organisms. For instance, labs that research infectious human diseases tend to use primates because […]

How Expectations Shape Perception

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By Neha Madugala, Cognitive Science, ‘21 Author’s Note: Previous studies in neuroscience have suggested that our expectations and prior experiences impact how we perceive reality and current tasks. This idea is embedded in Bayesian integration, also referred to as multisensory integration, which essentially studies how the brain combines information obtained from sensory neurons to affect perception and create a distinct outlook […]

A Regenerative Cocktail: Combination of Drugs Promotes the Conversion of Glial Cells to Neurons

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By Reshma Kolala, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology ‘22 Author’s Note: While browsing recent findings in Neuroscience, I came across research investigating the possible conversion of glia to neurons. Although the conventional idea that neurons are irreplaceable has been overturned in multiple research studies, I was immediately intrigued by the possibility for neighboring glia to be the source of neural regeneration. […]

This is Your Brain on Music

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By Timur Katsnelson, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, ‘19 Author’s Note: Like everyone else, I love music- especially the works of my favorite artists. There is nothing better than listening or jamming out to your favorite song. The human love for music is a powerful binding force, but why do we even like it? What are the underlying physiological responses of […]

Erasing Cue-Associated Memories

Posted Posted in Biology, Health and Medicine, Neurobiology

By Neha Madugala, Cognitive Science, ‘22 Author’s Note: While working on a different paper, I became interested in treatment and therapy for drug addiction. Addiction continues to increase, yet there seem to be limited viable options to actually overcome this problem. One of the main issues in the recovery process is relapses. I found this study interesting and promising for drug […]

“Gut Feeling”: How Does Modulation of Gut Microbiome Affect Depression Pathophysiology and Status?

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By Raida Aldosari, Nutrition Science (Biology option) ’18 Author’s Note: I wrote this literature review as part of my UWP 104F class with Dr. Lisa Sperber. The assignment was to choose a clinically-relevant topic, review the existing body of literature on this topic, and choose a specific area to write on. My topic of interest was about the relationship between gut microbiome […]

Cause of Seizures in Individuals with Angelman Syndrome

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By Neha Madugala, Cognitive Science, ‘22 Author’s Note While browsing recent scientific achievements and breaking news in the scientific community, I came across an article declaring that the 125-year-old neuroscience mystery surrounding perineuronal nets (PNNs) is finally resolved. PNNs have stumped neuroscientists for decades, yet their importance is undeniable. To understand the extent of this discovery, I read more about […]

Neural Mechanisms of Axon Degradation

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By Timur Katsnelson, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, ‘19 Author’s Note This topic was brought up during our discussion on the development of the nervous system in my neurobiology foundations class. I found it to be interesting because of its significance in the earliest stages of our lives. Further research into scientific literature discussing the role of pruning in neurodevelopment led […]