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Psychology 3625. Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience Dr Darren Hannesson. Paper information General Format Topic Content. Research Paper. General: 8-10 double-spaced pages Topic needs to be approved by me Suitable topics are anything in the area of cellular and molecular neuroscience

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Psychology 3625

Psychology 3625

Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

Dr Darren Hannesson


Psychology 3625

  • Paper information

    • General

    • Format

    • Topic

      • Content


Research paper

Research Paper

  • General:

    • 8-10 double-spaced pages

    • Topic needs to be approved by me

      • Suitable topics are anything in the area of cellular and molecular neuroscience

      • Topic approval is required by Fri March 4

        • Approval requires:

          • a topic “title”

          • 2 articles that you will be using to write your paper

    • Paper is due on the last class day of class

      • topic is open but must be approved by first class date in March

        • approval requires submission of two papers relevant to the topic


Research paper1

Research Paper

  • Format:

    • No particular format is required

      • Main text and reference section required

      • APA is suitable but not required

      • In general your paper should be …

        • Double spaced, not too long or short

        • Clearly written and organized

          • Headings can be helpful

        • Properly referenced

          • Citations can be any format but should be clear both in the text and the reference section


Research paper2

Research Paper

  • Topic:

    • Anything relating to cellular or molecular aspects of nervous system function

      • Basic or applied topics are suitable

      • Examples

        • The dormant basket cell hypothesis of temporal lobe epilepsy

        • The role of Schwann cells in peripheral nerve regeneration

        • Dopamine receptor subtypes

        • Gene expression in long-term habituation

        • Molecular mechanisms of ecstasy neurotoxicity

        • The genetics of familial Alzheimer’s Disease

        • Neurofilaments and ALS

        • Special delivery mechanisms: Getting drugs into the CNS


Research paper3

Research Paper

  • Topic:

    • Content:

      • Should be a brief review

      • Focus should be on clearly outlining and integrating a small body of cellular and molecular neuroscience research

      • Organization should be around a flow of ideas

        • The best papers will present an argument that is built around a series of empirical observations

        • The best papers will critically analyze the argument and observations, pointing out assumptions, shortcomings, future directions

      • Avoid

        • being too broad

        • extensive reviews of clinical data

        • simply summarizing a series of related papers


Research paper4

Research Paper

  • Topic:

    • Content:

      • Introduce problem/issue/general topic

      • Pose question/hypothesis

      • Sequentially build argument

      • Integrate, summarize

      • Conclusions/implications


Research paper5

Research Paper

  • Topic:

    • Content:

      • Epilepsy and temporal lobe epilepsy

      • Mossy fibre sprouting

      • Seen in TLE, reproduced in animal models, can be dissociated – rapid kindling and status pre-treatment

      • MFS frequently associated with epilepsy but not essential

      • MFS is not the bases for TLE but may play a role


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