Fall 2013

Proseminar: Research and Writing

Listed in: Neuroscience, as NEUR-425


John-Paul Baird (Section 01)


The general topic for this proseminar may change from year to year. In 2012-13 the course will emphasize research and writing skills on topics related to behavioral neurobiological systems. Students will explore recent research findings in areas pertaining to the role of hormones and/or neural circuits in several behavioral processes including but not limited to echolocation, mating, prey location, flight control, spatial navigation, song development in birds, mineral appetites, social functions, aggression, and learning in memory mechanisms in several species. Through instructor supervision, discussion, group presentations, and peer review, each student develops a specific research project that results in a 20-30 page review paper and a subsequent research proposal. Key goals of the course are to prepare juniors for a thesis research project and to provide a research-intensive experience for seniors who do not elect to conduct an honors thesis. This course will count as a Group A/List A elective course for the neuroscience major. 

Limited to junior and senior Neuroscience majors or by permission of the instructor. Limited to 15 students. Fall semester. Professor Baird.

If Overenrolled: Senior neuroscience majors first, junior majors next, then by consent of instructor


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Fall 2013, Fall 2014