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 from www.mcgill.ca/science/research/ours/396 after it has been posted. 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; this may or may not be your own department. 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.
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Supervisor's Name: Shahin Zangenehpour
Supervisor's Email: shahin.zangenehpour [at] mcgill.ca
Supervisor's Phone: 1685
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: Conspecific face recognition in the common marmoset
Project description: The common marmoset is emerging as a model organism of choice for various lines of biomedical research. This is due to a great degree of similarity between common marmosets and humans in terms of anatomy, physiology and behaviour. This project is geared towards examining high level visual processing capacities of the common marmoset. Faces are a special category of objects for human visual processing. It is not currently known how marmosets process facial information and to what extent their visual processing of faces is similar to that of humans. This is an important aspect of marmoset behaviour as various models of human neurological disorders are currently being developed using this model organism. As such, this work can shed light on an important aspect of visual processing in the common marmoset and helps to better establish the suitability of this species as a model organism for human neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders.
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): Experimental design and planning: 10%; Data collection: 10%; Data analysis and interpretation: 30%; Research report: 50%
Other project information: Candidate must be willing to undergo animal training and medical testing to directly work with marmosets.
Project status - This project is: Taken. The professor has no more '396' projects this term.
How students can apply: Bring a printed copy of this application form and your advising transcript to me during office hours.
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:
Date: September 07, 2011
Unit chair/director/designate's name: Prof. Mark Baldwin
Unit chair/director/designate's signature - I certify that this project conforms to departmental requirements for 396 courses: