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'Working memory capacity in the primate brain' - PHGY 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

INSTRUCTIONS - PROFESSORS: Please print and review this form. Complete or correct the sections, as applicable, from "Supervisor's Name" to "Ethics, safety, and training". Please sign and date near the bottom ("Supervisor's signature").

INSTRUCTIONS - STUDENTS: You may receive this form by email, or you may download it after it has been posted here. Either way, print and review this form. Complete or correct the sections, from "Student's Name" to "Student's Level", and sign ("Student signature"). Ask your supervisor to sign her/his section near the bottom. Take it to the department* corresponding to the course number in Section A; this may or may not be your own department. (* EXCEPTIONS: For NSCI 396 and COGS 396, please bring it to the Interdisciplinary Programs Adviser in Dawson Hall.) Do not register for a '396' course on Minerva until you receive departmental permission. Have a discussion with your supervisor about time/work expectations, keeping in mind that this is a 3-credit course (roughly, 10 hours per week for 12 weeks). Remember that a '396' course is an elective.

INSTRUCTIONS - DEPARTMENTS: After the unit chair/director/designate approves (or not) this project, please notify student. If approved, please give student permission to register on Minerva, and send a copy of this form (with signatures) to the Office for Undergraduate Research in Science (either fax, or internal mail to Dawson Hall 408-A, or PDF scan + email).

QUESTIONS OR FEEDBACK? Contact the Office for Undergraduate Research in Science.


Supervisor's Name: Julio Martinez-Trujillo

Supervisor's Email: julio [dot] martinez [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Supervisor's Phone: 514 398 6024

Supervisor's Website:

Supervisor's department: Physiology

Course number: PHGY 396 (Physiology)

Term: Fall 2013-2014

Project start date: Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Project end date: Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Project title: Working memory capacity in the primate brain

Project description (50-100 words suggested): Working memory is the ability to remember information for short time periods during tasks that require cognitive skills. it has been show that working memory has a limited capacity. Basically, subjects can usually remember 4-7 items for periods of a few seconds. Here we explore the factors that affects working memory capacity in human subjects. We then elaborate on a model based on the recorded data and physiological observations.

Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): 50% lab work and 50% written report

Project title: Brain mechanisms underlying the perception of face identity and emotions

Project description (50-100 words suggested): The perception of faces and emotion plays a fundamental role in human-to-huma interactions. Currently, it is thought that there are brain systems exclusively dedicated to face perception. One issue that remains elusive is whether such mechanisms are under voluntary control or are hardwired and operate in an automatic fashion. Here we use visual a visual rivalry paradigm, where different stimuli are presented to each eye and the subject perceived an alternation in the perception of each stimuli that escapes voluntary control, to investigate whether face stimuli dominate rivalry periods over other stimulus types. Moreover, we investigate whether emotional faces also dominate rivalry when compared to neutral stimuli. Since visual rivalry is attributed to the competition between neuronal populations representing the stimuli shown to each eye, the results of these study may reveal the strength of face and emotional representations as well as the degree of automaticity in their processing.

Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): 50% lab work and 50% project written report

Project status: This project is taken. The professor has no more '396' projects this term.

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves human subjects.

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Student's signature - I certify that this course is with a different supervisor and on a different topic than any previous '396' course I have taken. I have not applied for another '396' course in this term:


Supervisor's signature - I give my permission for the student identified above to register for this project under my supervision:


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Unit chair/director/designate's signature - I certify that this project conforms to departmental requirements for 396 courses:


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