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PhD Doctor of Philosophy

Neuroscience, Cognition, Visual processing, Comparative biology

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

The neuroscience of Eye Spy

How does the brain find what we are looking for? We live in a very noisy and complex environment, where things are constantly distracting us and competing for our attention. How do we make sense of all of this? It’s remarkable that our brain is able to process all this information (by filtering out irrelevant information and focusing on relevant pieces) in a meaningful and productive way. This is similar to the game Eye Spy. In this project, you will learn about brain anatomy, vision, visual and cognitive processing, behavior, and neurological diseases and disorders.

Have you heard of this _____ animal??

Have you ever heard of the following animals: Pangolin, Naked Mole Rat, Galago, Platypus, Okapi, etc? If you love animals and want dive deeper into learning more about them exploring their unique adaptations and behavior- lets do it! This project will focus on learning more about un-common critter(s) - could be from the list above or your choice. We will look at anatomy, comparative anatomy, behavior, and functional specializations. The focus will be on how all these relate back to the brain.

The rhythms of our brain

How does our brain communicate? How does this process happen across different time scales, distance, and in specific regions. In this project you will learn about how neurons communicate, what neural oscillations are, the function and significance of brain networks, and neurological diseases and disorders.

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