A Teaching Aside The other day my wife and I were reminiscing about our time doing animal research and she was describing my animals’ behaviors while running different experiments. We looked at each other and she suggested the following blog post would be fun to write. I thought it would be interesting to explain a … More Insights on Behavioral Management from Animal Research
Why Haven’t They Done That Yet? This is a strange post because I am talking about someone having done the work I will write about, but I am asking someone to do the work. This is my way of trying to drum up replications and increased n’s. I think as scientists we need to replicate … More A new way to study memory in Down Syndrome
Ooh Ooh Ooh! They Finally Did It! So this has been a GREAT week in research. A new protocol was reported for building an open-hardware/open-software operant chamber for testing rats called the ArduiPod Box. Now I have been planning and scheming on how to do this for ages, but never got around to it. I … More Open Hardware/Software Leads to a Better Behavioral Tasks
What I Have Been Up To! So in this post I want to talk about a new manuscript of mine. This paper is important to me because it is the end result of my jumping blindly into a new field, neuroimaging. Specifically, I tasked myself with developing a method to streamline the segmentation of the … More A better way to acquire regions of interest from MRI scans
So in this post I want to talk about a new research paper that two students of mine published recently. This paper is important to me for a couple of reasons: 1) These two students designed and execute this work on their own, with me serving as little more than a cheerleader-and as such these two students are co-first authors. 2) These students’ work extended the utility of one of my earlier experiments. And 3) The data in this manuscript provide more comprehensive data regarding the interaction of Fmrp and Arc proteins for learning and memory processes.