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INSTRUCTIONS - PROFESSORS: Fill out Sections A & B then submit this form online. (You will receive an email copy of the form. The Office for Undergraduate Research in Science will also post the project online, indicating whether the project is open for students to apply or taken.) DONE
INSTRUCTIONS - STUDENTS: You may receive this form by email, or you may download it after it has been posted. Either way, print this form. Complete and sign Section C on the hardcopy. Ask your supervisor to sign Section D. Take it to the department corresponding to the course number in Section A (this may or may not be your own department). Do not register for a '396' course on Minerva until you receive departmental permission.
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Name: Julio Martinez-Trujillo
Email: julio [dot] martinez [at] mcgill [dot] ca (julio martinez mcgill ca)
Phone: 514-398-6024
Supervisor's department: Physiology
Supervisor's department (if none of the above)
Course number: PHGY396 (Physiology)
Term: Winter 2010
Project start date: February 1, 2010
Project end date: April 12, 2010
Project title: Reference Frames for target selection and attention to visual targets
Project description: Visual information enters the retinas in an eye-centered frame, but it must translate into motor commands for moving the eyes and other motor structures such as the arms that are fixed relative to the head and the body. How this process is accomplished remains poorly understood. In this project I conduct eye movement recordings in normal human subjects while they make saccades toward targets that must be encoded in different frames of reference. A total of 5 to 10 subjects will be tested. During a session a subject sits in front of a computer screen and will follow a central point (pursuit target) with his/her gaze. Another target (grating) will appear in the periphery and the subject will discriminate the direction (clockwise vs. counterclockwise) of a transient tilt in the gratings orientation. By varying the velocity of the pursuit target we will obtain grating targets that are fixed relative to space or relative to the retina. The results will be analyzed using matlab software.
Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.
Other prerequisite, if applicable:
Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): 50% lab work and 50% final report
Other project information: Campus, 1220 McIntyre Building
Project status - This project is: Taken. The professor has no more '396' projects this term.
How students can apply: N/A; this project is filled.
If other, please specify:
Ethics, safety, and training
Which of the following, if any, is involved? One or more of the following
Animal subjects [ ]
Human subjects [x]
Biohazardous substances [ ]
Radioactive materials [ ]
Handling chemicals [ ]
Using lasers [ ]
Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students.
Do not complete this section unless/until the student is identified.
McGill ID:
Email (first [dot] last [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca):
Program (E.g., B.Sc. Maj. Chem. Min. Biol.):
Level (U0 / U1 / U2 / U3):
Student signature - I have not applied for another '396' course in this term:
Do not complete this section unless/until the student is identified.
Supervisor: I give my permission for the student identified in section C to register for this project under my supervision.
Supervisor's signature:
Unit chair/director/designate: I certify that this project conforms to departmental requirements for 396 courses.
Unit chair/director/designate's name:
Unit chair/director/designate's signature: