November 26th, 2012

Undergraduate Research Opportunity!

The West Virginia University Center for Neuroscience continues to cultivate the next generation of neuroscientists with an opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in our 9-week Summer Undergraduate Research Internship (SURI) program. Accepted students will gain invaluable experience as they study and work in high-tech facilities across over 40+ laboratories housed in modern research facilities.

Students accepted to the 2013 SURI program will receive a $4,000 stipend, paid throughout the program, plus housing in the WVU-leased Pierpont Apartments, located near the Medical Center Campus.

Please click on the the link below to to find out more!

Undergraduate research opportunity

November 17th, 2012

Ole Miss Neuroscience Grad Student Publishes!

Jack Pemment, a graduate student in the Day lab, has published his first review paper.

Pemment, J. (2010) The Neurobiology of Antisocial Personality Disorder: The Quest for Rehabilitation and Treatment, Aggression and Violent Behavior (In press)

Jack is currently working on his master’s thesis, exploring the autonomic stress response in martial artists.

October 19th, 2012

Nicotine facilitates learning and memory

Discovery of Gatekeeper Nerve Cells Explains the Effect of Nicotine on Learning and Memory

Neuroscience News

Excerpt –

“It is known that nicotine improves cognitive processes including learning and memory, but this is the first time that an identified nerve cell population is linked to the effects of nicotine”, says Professor Klas Kullander at Scilifelab and Uppsala University.

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October 6th, 2012

The impact of stress on short term memory

Neuroscience News. Click here for full article.


“In many respects, you’d look pretty normal without a prefrontal cortex,” said Craig Berridge, UW-Madison psychology professor. “You don’t need that part of the brain to hear or talk, to keep long-term memories, or to remember what you did as a child or what you read in the newspaper three days ago. People without a prefrontal cortex are very distractible [.] They’re very impulsive. They can be very argumentative.”

September 23rd, 2012

ZEBRA: An amazing resource for molecular mapping of bird brains

This web source has about 70 in situ hybridization experiments  that map genes in the zebra finch brain. Brain slice images and basic methods for non-radioactive probes are included.  Click brain image below or go to

From ZEBRA site

This is an amazing resource that is open to the public.

Zebra finches: from wikipedia commons

September 20th, 2012

Music is Cheesecake

What is music? Why do we have it? “It was an evolutionary accident,” says Dan Levitin, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at McGill University who has written books and papers on why we have music and why we like it.

Levitin says the accident idea is a big one. It went public back in 1997 when Harvard professor Steven Pinker, a world-renowned author and experimental psychologist, got up in front of a group of musicologists and cognitive scientists at a meeting and said words to the effect of, “You’re all wasting your time because music is cheesecake.”

Auditory cheesecake.

“Cheesecake is interesting,” Levitin explains. “We have this great fondness for it, but we didn’t evolve a taste for cheesecake. In our hunter-gatherer days, it was an adaptive strategy to load up on fats and sweets because they were very hard to find.”

A Pachyderm’s Ditty Prompts An Elephantine Debate


Shanthi explores her yard at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C., in 2010. The 36-year-old Asian elephant loves blowing into a harmonica.

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September 14th, 2012

Neuroscience/Drugs of Abuse Brown Bag (09/19/12)

The School of Pharmacy presents a Research Discussion Brown Bag on neuroscience/drugs of abuse.

The meeting will be held at noon on September 19, 2012. It will be video conferenced across the campuses in the Thad Cochran Research Center 1018 on the Oxford Campus and PH101 on the Jackson campus. Interested investigators on both campuses are welcome to attend.

More info, click here.

September 4th, 2012

Chimps’ Answer to Einstein

Natasha, a chimp at the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Uganda, has always seemed different from her peers. She’s learned to escape from her enclosure, teases human caretakers, and scores above other chimps in communication tests. Now, Natasha has a new title: genius. In the largest and most in-depth survey of chimpanzee intelligence, researchers found that Natasha was the smartest of the 106 chimps they tested—a finding that suggests that apes have their geniuses, too.

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August 16th, 2012

Undergraduate Research Opportunities!

If you are an undergraduate interested in earning some credit doing neuroscience research please click on the following link!

Undergraduate Research Opportunities for the Fall

July 16th, 2012

Bees can reverse the effects of aging

A team from Arizona State and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences found that bees who have left the nest and no longer nurse the young begin aging very quickly. When persuading these bees to nurse again their ability to learn new things improved; perhaps due to increased plasticity?

To read the article, click here.