Neuroscience Senior Comprehensive Exam Schedule and Papers

Spring 2016

Written Exam - The exam will be given on Sunday January 31 from 7-10 PM the teaching labs (McGuire 145)

Oral Presentations - Presentations will be on Thursday, Feb 11 at 4:30 PM in Merrill 4 


Papers for the Written Exam

***See the instructions for more details***

Reminder: In order to complete your comprehensive requirement, you must also attend the oral presentations (see above for time and place).

The exam will consist of questions based on the following two papers:

Absence of Neuroplastin-65 Affects Synaptogenesis in Mouse Inner Hair Cells and Causes Profound Hearing Loss
Leanne Carrott, Michael R. Bowl, Carlos Aguilar, Stuart L. Johnson, Lauren Chessum, Melissa West, Susan Morse, Joanne Dorning, Elizabeth Smart, Rachel Hardisty-Hughes, Greg Ball, Andrew Parker, Alun R. Barnard, Robert E. MacLaren, Sara Wells, Walter Marcotti, and Steve D.M. Brown
The Journal of Neuroscience, 6 January 2016, 36(1):222-234; doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1808-15.2016


Neural Activation Patterns Underlying Basolateral Amygdala Influence on Intra-Accumbens Opioid-Driven Consummatory Versus Appetitive High-Fat Feeding Behaviors in the Rat
Kyle E. Parker, Matt P. McCabe, Howard W. Johns, Dane K. Lund, Fiona Odu, Rishi Sharma, Mahesh M. Thakkar, D. D. W. Cornelison, and Matthew J. Will
Behavioral Neuroscience 2015, Vol. 129, No. 6, 812– 821


Papers for the Oral Presentations

***See the instructions for more details***

Choose articles from the following list:

Previous Ketamine Produces an Enduring Blockade of Neurochemical and
Behavioral Effects of Uncontrollable Stress
The Journal of Neuroscience, 6 January 2016, 36(1):153-161;


Estrogen Receptor β Activation Rapidly Modulates Male Sexual Motivation
through the Transactivation of Metabotropic Glutamate Receptor 1a
The Journal of Neuroscience, 23 September 2015, 35(38):13110-13123;


Reducing Ribosomal Protein S6 Kinase 1 Expression Improves Spatial Memory and Synaptic Plasticity in a Mouse Model of Alzheimer's Disease
The Journal of Neuroscience, 14 October 2015, 35(41):14042-14056


Convergence of Hippocampal Pathophysiology in Syngap+/- and Fmr1-/y Mice
The Journal of Neuroscience,11 November 2015, 35(45):15073-15081


Competition with Primary Sensory Afferents Drives Remodeling of Corticospinal Axons in Mature Spinal Motor Circuits
The Journal of Neuroscience, 6 January 2016, 36(1):193-203; doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3441-15.2016


Mirror Movement-Like Defects in Startle Behavior of Zebrafish dcc Mutants Are Caused by Aberrant Midline Guidance of Identified Descending Hindbrain Neurons
The Journal of Neuroscience, 19 February 2014; 34 2898-2909


Optogenetic excitation of central amygdala amplifies and narrows incentive motivation to pursue one reward above another.
J Neurosci. 2014 Dec 10;34(50):16567-80. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2013-14.2014.


CREB regulates memory allocation in the insular cortex.
Curr Biol. 2014 Dec 1;24(23):2833-7. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2014.10.018. Epub 2014 Nov 13.