2017 Volume 15: Issue 2

2017 Volume 15: Issue 2


FROM OUR CHIEF EDITOR:  Teach Local, Think Global: Best Practices in Neuroscience Education Without Big Budgets
By Johnson BR, Editor-in-Chief

OPINION: 25 Years of FUN!
By Ramirez JJ

OPINION: A Guide for Undergraduates to the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting
By José-Edwards DS, Johnson NX, Jimenez J, Courtney Y, Khoussine JO, & Herzog ED

OPINION:  The Benefits of a Real-Time Web-Based Response System for Enhancing Engaged Learning in Classrooms and Public Science Events
By Sarvary MA & Gifford KM


Neurogaming Technology Meets Neuroscience Education: A Cost-Effective, Scalable, and Highly Portable Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory for Neuroscience
By de Wit B, Badcock NA, Grootswagers T, Hardwick K, Teichmann L, Wehrman J, Williams M, & Kaplan DM
Supplementary Material

A Protocol Demonstrating 60 Different Drosophila Behaviors in One Assay
By McKellar CE & Wyttenbach RA
Supplement 1, Handout       Supplement 2, Phenotypes       Fly Behavior Video List

An Algebra-Based Introductory Computational Neuroscience Course with Lab
By Fink CG

Recognition Without Words:  Using Taste to Explore Survival Processing
By Hallock HL, Garman HD, Cook SP, & Gallagher SP

Don’t Believe the Gripe!  Increasing Course Structure in a Large Non-majors Neuroscience Course
By Nagel A & Nicholas A

Redesigning a Neuroscience Laboratory Course for Multiple Sections: An Action Research Project to Engage Students
By Tu H-W & Jones BD
Supplementary Material

A Rat Model of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: A Series of Undergraduate Laboratory Exercises for Biopsychology Courses
By Kehrberg AMH, Parrish JN, & Eby SA

The Use of Modular, Electronic Neuron Simulators for Neural Circuit Construction Produces Learning Gains in an Undergraduate Anatomy and Physiology Course
By Petto A, Fredin Z, & Burdo J
Supplementary Material

A Critical Thinking Activity on Drug Tolerance for Undergraduate Neuroscience Courses
By Cammack KM
Supplementary Material

Grasshopper DCMD:  An Undergraduate Electrophysiology Lab for Investigating Single-Unit Responses to Behaviorally-Relevant Stimuli
By Nguyen DMT, Roper M, Mircic S, Olberg RM, Gage GJ

Media Reviews

2016 Volume 15: Issue 1

2016 Volume 15 : Issue 1


Undergraduate Neuroscience Education in the U.S.: Quantitative Comparisons of Programs and Graduates in the Broader Context of Undergraduate Life Sciences Education
By RL Ramos, AW Esposito, S O’Malley, PT Smith, & W Grisham                               Supplementary Material

A Model for Teaching Advanced Neuroscience Methods:  A Student-Run Seminar to Increase Practical Understanding and Confidence
By TM Harrison, CRK Ching, & AM Andrews

Simulated in vivo Electrophysiology Experiments Provide Previously Inaccessible Insights into Visual Physiology
By M Quiroga & NSC Price

The Influence of Assay Design, Blinding, and Gymnema sylvestre on Sucrose Detection by Humans
By MG Aleman,  LJ Marconi, NH Nguyen, JM Park, MM Patino, Y Wang, CS Watkins, & C Shelley                      Supplementary Material

An Undergraduate Laboratory Exercise that Demonstrates the Difference Between Peripherally and Centrally Mediated Measures
By S Lowe, A Tommerdahl, R Lensch, E Francisco, J Holden, & M Tommerdahl

Are Electrode Caps Worth the Investment?  An Evaluation of EEG Methods in Undergraduate Neuroscience Laboratory Courses and Research
By SM Shields, CE Morse, ED Applebaugh, TL Muntz, & DF Nichols                     Supplementary Material

Use of Structural Assessment of Knowledge for Outcomes Assessment in the Neuroscience Classroom
By JL Stevenson, S Shah, & JP Bish                             Supplementary Material

An Inquiry-Based Approach to Study the Synapse:  Student-Driven Experiments Using C. elegans
By ML Lemons

The Miracle Fruit: An Undergraduate Laboratory Exercise in Taste Sensation and Perception
By O Lipatova & MM Campolattaro                       Supplementary Material

The Establishment of an On-Campus Neurotraining Center at a Small University:  Internship Experience Using Neuropsychological Techniques
By EJ Schicatano & R Bohlander

Using a Pop-Science Book to Teach Introductory Neuroscience: Advantages for Science Majors and Non-Science Majors Alike
By LE Been, PG Mermelstein & RL Meisel           Supplementary Material #1       Supplementary Material #2

From Botox to Behavior: Neuroscience for Non-scientists at Emory
By LA Roesch & K Frenzel

Word Origins of Common Neuroscience Terms for Use in an Undergraduate Classroom
By RM Hallock, EC Brand, & TB Mihalic              Supplementary Material

Using Rubrics as a Scientific Writing Instructional Method in Early Stage Undergraduate Neuroscience Study
By EBD Clabough & SW Clabough                       Supplementary Material

“Social” Neuroscience:  Leveraging Social Media to Increase Student Engagement and Public Understanding of Neuroscience
By A Valentine & J Kurczek

2016 Volume 14 Issue 2

2016 Volume 14 : Issue 2



A Quantitative Examination of Undergraduate Neuroscience Majors Applying and Matriculating to Osteopathic Medical School
By RL Ramos, E Guercio, T Levitan, S O’Malley & PT Smith                            Supplementary Material

Incorporating an ERP Project into Undergraduate Instruction
By E Nyhus & N Curtis

The BRAIN Initiative Provides a Unifying Context for Integrating Core STEM Competencies into a Neurobiology Course
By JE Schaefer                             Supplementary Material

“C.R.E.A.T.E.”-ing Unique Primary-Source Research Paper Assignments for a Pleasure and Pain Course Teaching Neuroscientific Principles in a Large General Education Undergraduate Course
By RJ Bodnar, FM Rotella, I Loiacono, T Coke, K Olsson, A Barrientos, L Blachorsky, D Warshaw, A Buras, CM Sanchez, R Azad & JR Stellar

Illuminating the Undergraduate Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory: A Guide for the in vivo Application of Optogenetics in Mammalian Model Organisms
By BM Roberts, SE Jarrin, BN Mathur & AM Bailey                            Supplementary Material

Evaluation of Changes in Ghanaian Students’ Attitudes Towards Science Following Neuroscience Outreach Activities: A Means to Identify Effective Ways to Inspire Interest in Science Careers
By NA Yawson, AO Amankwaa, B Tali, VO Shang, EN Batu, KA Jnr, AD Fuseini, LN Tene, L Angaandi, I Blewusi, M Borbi, LNE Aduku, P Badu, H Abbey &TK Karikari

Breadboard Amplifier: Building and Using Simple Electrophysiology Equipment
By KM Crisp, H Lin & I Prosper

Using Cultured Mammalian Neurons to Study Cellular Processes and Neurodegeneration: A Suite of Undergraduate Lab Exercises
By R Catlin, A Taylor, L Ditchek, S Burnett, S Khan, O Todd, M Adams, E Touhey, A Wynkoop, & J Ryan

Lights!  Camera!  Action Projects!
Engaging Psychopharmacology Students in Service-based Action Projects Focusing on Student Alcohol Abuse
By S Kennedy                                   Supplementary Material

Media Reviews and Technical Reports

BOOK REVIEW —  Anxious: Using the Brain to Understand and Treat Fear and Anxiety
By Joseph LeDoux

reviewed by AL Cecala

BOOK REVIEW —  Foundational Concepts in Neuroscience:  A Brain-Mind Odyssey
By David E. Presti
reviewed by KS Milar

TECHNICAL REPORT —  Running Wheel for Earthworms
WJ Wilson & BA Johnson

BOOK REVIEW — The Mind’s Machine:  Foundations of Brain and Behavior
By Neil V. Watson & S. Marc Breedlove

reviewed by BR Johnson & DA Weldon

2015 Volume 14 Issue 1

2015 Volume 14 : Issue 1


Psychoactive Substances Bill and Act of New Zealand:  A Chance to Engage Undergraduate Scientists with Society using a Transfer Learning Paradigm
by Catherine M. Gliddon & Belinda Cridge

Snack Cake ‘Dissection’: A Flipped Classroom Exercise to Engage Undergraduates with Basic Neuroanatomy
by Todd D. Watson

Pencil-and-Paper Neural Networks: An Undergraduate Laboratory Exercise in Computational Neuroscience
by Kevin M. Crisp, Ellen N. Sutter, & Jacob A. Westerberg

Developing the Next Generation of Civic-Minded Neuroscience Scholars: Incorporating Service Learning and Advocacy Throughout a Neuroscience Program
by Cecilia M. Fox

Extracellular Recording of Light Responses from Optic Nerve Fibers and the Caudal Photoreceptor in the Crayfish
by Steven C. Nesbit, Alexander G. Van Hoof, Chi C. Le, & James R. Dearworth, Jr.          Supplementary Material

Non-Fiction Memoirs in the Neuroscience Classroom: A Window into the Minds of Those Affected by Addiction
by Alexia E. Pollack

Using Tinbergen’s Four Questions as the Framework for a Neuroscience Capstone Course
by John Meitzen                 Supplementary Material

Undergraduate Biocuration: Developing Tomorrow’s Researchers While Mining Today’s Data
by Cassie S. Mitchell, Ashlyn Cates, Renaid B. Kim, & Sabrina K. Hollinger

The Cognitive Neuroscience of Sign Language: Engaging Undergraduate Students’ Critical Thinking Skills Using the Primary Literature
by Courtney Stevens

A Series of Computational Neuroscience Labs Increases Comfort with MATLAB
by David F. Nichols

Excitable Membranes and Action Potentials in Paramecia: An Analysis of the Electrophysiology of Ciliates
by Charles H. Schlaepfer & Ralf Wessel

Media Reviews

Looking Inside the Brain:  The Power of Neuroimaging
by Denis Le Bihan
reviewed by Barbara Lom

An Instructor’s Guide to (Some of) the Most Amazing Papers in Neuroscience
reviewed by Ian A. Harrington, William Grisham, D. J. Brasier, Shawn P. Gallagher, Samantha S. Gizerian, Rupa G. Gordon, Megan H. Hagenauer, Monica L. Linden, Barbara Lom, Richard Olivo, Noah J. Sandstrom, Shara Stough, Ilya Vilinsky, & Michael C. Wiest

Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist
by Kristof Koch
reviewed by Ian A. Harrington

Tales from Both Sides of the Brain
by Michael S. Gazzaniga
reviewed by Ian A. Harrington

The Synapse: Structure and Function
edited by Virginia Pickel and Menahem Segal
reviewed by Neal R. Melvin

Waking, Dreaming, Being
by Evan Thompson
reviewed by James W. Kalat

2015 Volume 13 Issue 3

2015 Volume 13 : Issue 3


VideoHacking: Automated Tracking and Quantification of Locomotor Behavior with Open Source Software and Off-the-Shelf Video Equipment
By EE Conklin et al.

ERIN: A Portal to Resources for Higher Education in Neuroscience
By RF Olivo et al.

Documenting Laboratory Procedures with Video
By RA Wyttenbach

Retention of Underrepresented Minority Faculty: Strategic Initiatives for Institutional Value Proposition Based on Perspectives from a Range of Academic Institutions
By Joseph A. Whittaker et al.

Intentional Excellence in the Baldwin Wallace University Neuroscience Program
By JK Morris et al.

Best Practices: The Neuroscience Program at Central Michigan University
By GL Dunbar

Career Transitions for Faculty Members Committed to Undergraduate Neuroscience Education
By GL Dunbar

Techniques and Technology to Revise Content Delivery and Model Critical Thinking in the Neuroscience Classroom
By KR Illig

Light Activated Escape Circuits: A Behavior and Neurophysiology Lab Module using Drosophila Optogenetics
By JS Titlow et al.

Gel Scramble: An E-Tool for Teaching Molecular Neuroscience
By W Grisham et al.
Supplementary Material

Neuroscience and Global Learning
By MG Ruscio et al.

How to Successfully Incorporate Undergraduate Researchers Into a Complex Research Program at a Large Institution
By RB Weldon & VF Reyna

Mission-Driven, Manageable and Meaningful Assessment of an Undergraduate Neuroscience Program
By GM Muir

In Situ Teaching: Fusing Labs & Lectures in Undergraduate Science Courses to Enhance Immersion in Scientific Research
By J Round and B Lom

In Vivo Time-Lapse Imaging in the Zebrafish Lateral Line: A Flexible, Open-Ended Research Project for an Undergraduate Neurobiology Laboratory Course
By MH Marra et al.

Using the Humanities to Teach Neuroscience to Non-majors
By HG McFarlane and J Richeimer
Supplementary Material

Electrophysiology Meets Ecology: Investigating How Vision is Tuned to the Life Style of an Animal using Electroretinography
By A Stowasser et al.
Supplementary Material

Student Friendly Technique to Demonstrate Coordination between Postural (Involuntary) and Voluntary Muscle Contractions
By W Colgan III

2015 Volume 13 Issue 2

2015 Volume 13 : Issue 2

Media Reviews

Neuroanatomy of Language Regions of the Human Brain
by Michael Petrides
reviewed by DY Harvey

Neuroscience for Kids: Online Resources that Promote Student Engagement, Teaching and Learning about the Brain
by Eric H. Chudler
reviewed by TK Karikari

2014 Volume 13 Issue 1

2014 Volume 13 : Issue 1

Media Reviews

Textbook Review
Guide to Research Techniques in Neuroscience
by Matt Carter and Jennifer Shieh
reviewed by JC Strickland

Book Review
MATLAB for Neuroscientists: An Introduction to Scientific Computing in MATLAB (second edition)
by Pascal Wallisch et al.
reviewed by W Grisham

Book Review
Neuroscience: A Historical Introduction
by Mitchell Glickstein
reviewed by AL Cecala

Book Review
Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century
by Carl Schoonover
reviewed by B Lom

Book Review
Joy, Guilt, Anger, Love
By Giovanni Frazzetto
reviewed by JW Kalat

Book Review
Identification of Neural Markers Accompanying Memory
Edited by Alfredo Meneses
reviewed by P Krishnan

2014 Volume 12 Issue 2

2014 Volume 12 : Issue 2


The Student as Teacher: Reflections on Collaborative Learning in a Senior Seminar
by J Kurczek & J Johnson

A Mind of Their Own: Using Inquiry-based Teaching to Build Critical Thinking Skills and Intellectual Engagement in an Undergraduate Neuroanatomy Course
by RR Greenwald & IJ Quitadamo

Behavioral Observation of Xenopus Tadpole Swimming for Neuroscience Labs
by W-C Li, M Wagner & NJ Porter

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Graphical Kinetic Data Analysis of the Dopamine Neurotransmitter System: An Exercise for an Undergraduate Laboratory Course
by MM Mirrione et al.

NeuroLab: A Set of Graphical Computer Simulations to Support Neuroscience Instruction at the High School and Undergraduate Level
by LF Schettino
Supplementary Material

Complementing Neurophysiology Education for Developing Countries via Cost-Effective Virtual Labs: Case Studies and Classroom Scenarios
by S Diwakar et al.

Application of a Spike Sorting Procedure to Analyze Recordings in the Crayfish Ventral Superficial Flexor Preparation: A High Resolution Approach to the Study of Neuromodulators on Axons and Synapses
by ZS Inam et al.

Classroom Demonstration of the Visual Effects of Eye Diseases
by A-M Raphail et al.

Attitudes Toward Animal Research: Revisiting Gallup and Beckstead (1988)
by MM Metzger

Controversies in Neuroscience: A Literature-Based Course for First year Undergraduates that Improves Scientific Confidence While Teaching Concepts
by AM Willard & DJ Brasier
Supplementary Material #1  •  Supplementary Material  #2  •  Supplementary Material  #3  •  Supplementary Material #4

Media Reviews

Book Review
Permanent Present Tense: The Unforgettable Life of the Amnesic Patient, H.M.
by Suzanne Corkin
reviewed by K Monuszko

Book Review
Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes our Thoughts
by Stanislas Dehaene
reviewed by JW Kalat

2013 Volume 12 Issue 1

2013 Volume 12 : Issue 1


Three Colossal Neurons: A New Approach to an Old Classroom Demonstration
by SR Holloway

Engaging the Audience: Developing Presentation Skills in Science Students
by AE Stuart

MetaNeuron: A Free Neuron Simulation Program for Teaching Cellular Neurophysiology
by MH Newman and EA Newman

Using Case Studies as a Semester-Long Tool to Teach Neuroanatomy and Structure-Function Relationships to Undergraduates
by S Kennedy

Can You Change a Student’s Mind in a Course about the Brain? Belief Change Following an Introductory Course in Biological Psychology
by IA Harrington

Pleasure and Pain: Teaching Neuroscientific Principles of Hedonism in a Large General Education Undergraduate Course
by RJ Bodnar et al.

The Use of Haiku to Convey Complex Concepts in Neuroscience
by AE Pollack and DL Korol

Basic Neuron Model Electrical Equivalent Circuit: An Undergraduate Laboratory Exercise
by KM Dabrowski et al.

Community-Based Experiential Learning for Second Year Neuroscience Undergraduates
by HJ Yu et al.
Supplementary Material #1  •  Supplementary Material #2 •  Supplementary Material #3

Studying Temporal Properties of Stimulus-Evoked Responses in the Ventral Nerve Cord of Insects
by MJ Ferragamo

Using Crickets to Introduce Neurophysiology to Early Undergraduate Students
by RK Dagda et al.

The Use of Mock NSF-type Grant Proposals and Blind Peer Review as the Capstone Assignment in Upper-Level Neurobiology and Cell Biology Courses
by H Itagaki

Engaging Undergraduates in a Unique Neuroscience Research Opportunity: A Collaborative Research Experience Between a Primarily Undergraduate Institution (PUI) and a Major Research Institution
by MA Kreitzer & RP Malchow

Media Reviews

Book Review
Beyond The Brain: How Body and Environment Shape Animal and Human Minds
by Louise Barrett
reviewed by AL Cecala

2013 Volume 11 Issue 2

2013 Volume 11 : Issue 2

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