Neuroscience Major

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Simpson students and faculty joined 30,000 scientists and students from around the world to attend the 2015 Society for Neuroscience Meeting in Chicago this past October. The event allowed attendees to experience keynote lectures, form new peer networks, learn the latest technologies and view poster sessions.

Professor of Biology, Dr. Jackie Brittingham, said “attending the neuroscience meeting with my colleague Professor April Drumm-Hewitt and four of our Neuroscience majors served as a catalyst for adding some exciting new features to the Neuroscience Program at Simpson College, including finding new avenues for research projects and collaborating with others outside of Simpson College.”

The first hand experience of listening to world-renowned scientists and comprehensibly covering symposia and minisymposia (essential neuroscience research topics) now sets Simpson students ahead of students elsewhere.

Justin Hayes, a senior double major in neuroscience and psychology attended the meeting. “It was beneficial in a number of ways:  first, we were able to see what type of research is being done in contemporary neuroscience, second, we were able to attend a graduate school fair and talk to recruiters from a number of graduate programs, and finally, we were able to learn directly from cutting edge researchers.”

The Neuroscience major will train students for the emerging opportunities in psychology, medicine and science. The  interdisciplinary program in Neuroscience includes coursework in psychology, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and philosophy. These courses will teach how signals in the brain underlie important processes such as memory, learning, and sensory perception and lead to the understanding of pathologies such as schizophrenia, dementia, and developmental disorders. Upon completing the Neuroscience major students will be prepared for advanced study in graduate programs and medical school.

The rapidly evolving technology of neuroscience is allowing researchers to ask new questions and make dramatic progress in understanding brain function and related disorders. Students in this program are engaged in conducting research with faculty in Psychology and Biology. Current research experiences include the use of cellular and molecular methods, electroencephalographic (EEG) techniques, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) and a wide variety of psychophysiology measures to investigate neural development, language, attention, sensory perception and pain management. Students will also have the opportunity to apply their knowledge through internships at a variety of clinical settings.