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Supervisor's Name: Karim Nader
Supervisor's Email: karim.nader [at] mcgill.ca
Supervisor's Phone: 514-398-3511
Supervisor's department: Psychology
Course number: PSYC396 (Psychology)
Term: Fall 2011-2012
Project start date: Wednesday, September 1, 2011
Project end date: Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Project title: Does dopamine in hippocampus mediate novelty detection?
Project description: This project will investigate, using behavioural methods in rodents, if pharmacologically increasing dopamine activity in the hippocampus can cause the brain to encode a familiar experience as though it is novel. Familiar events can be encoded in a manner that is insensitive to NMDA-receptor antagonists, thus this sensitivity can be used to assess whether the brain deems an experience as similar to something experienced previously. This project will involve invasive surgical techniques on rats as well as behavioural testing.
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): Laboratory performance = 50%; Written report (10-20 pages) = 50%
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. Which of the following, if any, is involved? Animal subjects
Student's McGill ID:
Student's Email (first.last [at] mail.mcgill.ca):
Student's Level (U0 / U1 / U2 / U3):
Student's signature - 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:
Unit chair/director/designate's name:
Unit chair/director/designate's signature - I certify that this project conforms to departmental requirements for 396 courses: