This collection contains theses and dissertations from the Department of Neuroscience, collected from the Scholarship@Western Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

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Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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Brain Representations of Dexterous Hand Control: Investigating the Functional Organization of Individuated Finger Movements and Somatosensory Integration, Spencer Arbuckle

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Brain Signatures of Human Skill Learning: From Single Movements to Movement Sequences, Eva Berlot

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The Functional and Structural Consequences of Aberrant Microglial Activity in Major Depressive Disorder, Jasmine D. Cakmak

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Tracking the Mechanisms of Short-Term Motor Adaptation within the Framework of a Two-State Model, Susan K. Coltman

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Empathic Processing in Patients with Mild-to-Moderate Stroke, Hilary Dagg

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Developmental neurogenesis and myelination of songbird brains: sex differences, hormones and social effects, Adriana Diez

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Fruitless (fru) and the Neural System of Rejection Behaviours in Female Drosophila melanogaster, Omar El-Deeb

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Investigating the effects of maternal immune activation on sensory processing: Timing, immune mechanisms, and gene-environment interactions, Faraj Haddad

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Statistical summary representations are perceived but not grasped., Maryam Hamidi

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Understanding Neural Signals related to Speech Processing in Humans During Sleep, Ashwin Harimohan

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Characterizing the Anxiolytic Potential and Synergistic Efficacy of Cannabidiol and d-limonene, Nathashi Jayawardena

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The exploration of the behavioural and neurological consequences of prenatal THC exposure in male vs female offspring, Tony Jung

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'The Memory of All That': The Effects of Music on Paradoxical Lucidity in Older Adults, Sarah Klapman

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Investigation of the Hsp90 co-chaperone, STI1, in cellular resilience and neurodegenerative diseases, Rachel E. Lackie

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Assessing Cognitive Function in a Mouse Model of Synucleinopathy, Mei Peng Lim

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Blocking PirB Function Increases Dendritic Spine Density in the Prefrontal Cortex of Adult Rats, Hannah J. MacNeil

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Examining the role of Chloride Homeostasis and PGE2 signaling in the Neuroendocrine stress response to inflammation, Samuel A. Mestern

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Neural substrates of reward, error, and effort processing underlying adaptive motor behaviour, Dimitrios J. Palidis

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Modifications in the representation and control of finger movement sequences with learning, Nicola Popp

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Does aberrant connectivity underlie the experience of misophonia?, Kate Raymond

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Is Motor Excitability Modulated by Isochronous Rhythms?, Syed Z. Raza

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Microstructural Alterations in Grey and White Matter Following Early-Onset Deafness in the Cat, Alessandra Sacco

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Functional Loss of Cntnap2 in the Rat Leads to Autism-related Alterations in Behaviour and Auditory Processing, Kaela Elizabeth Scott

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The Expression of Guilt, Chloe A. Stewart

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The Role of Neuronal Nitric Oxide Synthase in Regulating Cerebellar Network Formation Across Murine Development, Vasiliki Tellios

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The Hijacked Self: Midbrain and Default Mode Network Functional Patterns in PTSD, Braeden A. Terpou

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Evaluating Anesthetic Protocols for Non-Human Primate Functional Neuroimaging, Megha Verma

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Characterizing The Cellular, Molecular, And Behavioural Pathology Of Repetitive mTBI In A Human Tau Transgenic Mouse, Morgan A. Walker

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Uncovering Deficits in Auditory Processing and Cognition Following Hearing Loss and Prefrontal Cortex Dysfunction, Krystyna B. Wieczerzak

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Functional and Structural Brain Reorganization After Unilateral Prefrontal Cortex Lesions In Macaques, Ramina Adam

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Cognitive Resources Are Recruited Consistently Across People During Story Listening, Matthew T. Bain

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Characterizing putative sexually dimorphic effects of a propionic acid induced autism spectrum disorder phenotype in adult male and female rats, Katie C. Benitah

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Feeling-of-Knowing Experiences Breed Curiosity, Gregory Brooks

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Investigating Cognitive Impairment in TDP-43 Mouse Models of FTD-ALS Using Automated Touchscreens, Keon Coleman

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Computational Unfolding of the Human Hippocampus, Jordan M. K. DeKraker

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Rapid Facial Reactions of Emotional Expressions as a Function of Trait Sadism, Cathleen Fleury

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Atypical Structural Connectivity and Integrity in Children with Hydrocephalus and its Relation to Executive Function, Daamoon Ghahari

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Frontoparietal networks underlying saccadic eye movements in the common marmoset, Maryam Ghahremani

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Optimizing Preprocessing of fMRI Data to Maximize Correspondence of Functional Anatomy Across Individuals, Nargess Ghazaleh

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Elucidating the consequence and cause of microRNA dysregulation in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Zachary C. E. Hawley

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Fast spiking GABAergic interneurons in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex of non-human primate: Comparison study to mice and human, with focus on subthreshold intrinsic properties, Michelle Stephanie Jimenez-Sosa

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The Subplate and Its Role in the GABA System in the Prefrontal Cortex, Gaeul Kyla Lee

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Exploring the Role of Cannabidiol-Monoterpene Formulations in Modulating Anxiety Symptoms, Richard Leu

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The Effect of Nitric Oxide on Microglia Function and Activity: Implications on Transient Receptor Potential Channels, Matthew J-E. Maksoud

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Characterizing a Novel Mobile Game Battery Assessment: A Comparison of Performance-Based and Survey-Based Executive Functioning Instruments, Josephine A. Pham

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Investigating Humor Processing in Parkinson's Disease, Margaret T.M. Prenger

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The Impact of Levodopa Administration on Learning from Short-term and Long-term Action Consequences: a Paradigm Validation., Masood Rezaei

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The Impact of Emotional Information on Task Performance in Unimodal vs. Cross-modal Paradigms, Emma K. Stewart

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Early Markers of Dysfunction in Frontotemporal Dementia, Tamara P. Tavares

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Identifying neuroimaging and genetic correlates of delusions and hallucinations in Alzheimer’s disease, Juweiriya Ahmed

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Differentiating the Substantia Nigra and Ventral Tegmental Area in Early-stage Parkinson's Disease Using Iron Imaging, Erind Alushaj

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Executive dysfunction following a sport-related concussion is independent of task-based symptom burden, Naila Ayala Angumba

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Multisensory responses in primary auditory cortex of the cat, Catherine Boucher

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Neural Regions Affecting Female Aggression and Receptivity in Drosophila melanogaster, Brendan S. Charles

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Improving Stimulus Realism: The effect of visual dimension on affective responding, Shannon Compton

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Early Treatment Response in First Episode Psychosis: A 7-Tesla Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopic Study of Glutathione and Glutamate, Kara Dempster

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Pattern Separation in the Ventral Visual Stream, Kayla Ferko

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Using meditation to improve measures of attention in older adults, Sabrina Ford

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Differential Thickening and Thinning of Auditory Cortex in Deaf Cats Revealed with Ultra-High-Field MRI, Stephen G. Gordon

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Effect of ATRX Inactivation on Hippocampal Synaptic Plasticity in Mice, Radu Gugustea

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Connectomic Analysis of Substantia Nigra Pars Compacta and Ventral Tegmental Area Projections to the Striatum and Cortex, Nicholas Handfield-Jones

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The Neural Circuitry of Sensory Processing in Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Sherain Harricharan

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Neurodevelopmental Outcomes of Infantile Hydrocephalus: An fMRI Case Study, Ikhlas Ahmed Hashi

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Resting State Network Dynamics Across Wakefulness and Sleep, Evan Houldin

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High Frequency Oscillations are Phase-Amplitude Coupled in Stress Induced Seizures Following Traumatic Brain Injury, Paul Jung

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Pupil size tracks semantic ambiguity as well as noise, Mason Kadem

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Effects of a Unilateral Injection of Botulinum Neurotoxin Subtype-A in the Subthalamic Nucleus of a Parkinsonian Rat Model, Olga Khazov

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Lysosomes Mediate Rab27b-Dependent Secretion of Beta-Amyloid, Shany Lahan

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Role of cholinergic receptors in prefrontal activity of nonhuman primates during an oculomotor rule-based working memory task, Alex J. Major

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Neural correlates of enhanced attentional filtering of distractors across vs. within visual hemifields in the lateral prefrontal cortex, Maryam Nouri Kadijani

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Analyzing avian incubation with a computer algorithm, Tanya T. Shoot

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Investigating the Role of Tp53INP1 and Tp53INP2 in Neuronal Autophagy and Mitophagy, Vidhyasree Shyam

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Investigating the Relationship between Subcortical and Cortical Auditory Processing, Sonia Varma

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Psychological stress modulates synaptic mechanisms for prostaglandin E2-mediated HPA axis activation, Meagan Wiederman

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The Leucine-rich domain of RGNEF: a modifier of TDP-43 toxicity in Drosophila melanogaster., Benjamin Martin Withers

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The Role of Adult Hippocampal Neurogenesis in Depression-Relevant Reward-Related Behaviours, Katrina Zmavc

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Operant Conditioning of Human Upper-Limb Stretch Reflexes, Ehsan Abolhasani

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Limbic System Involvement in Absence Seizures, Rukham Ajaz

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Examining motor unit stability of first dorsal interosseous (FDI) and biceps brachii (BB) muscles in healthy and older adults using decomposition-based quantitative electromyography (DQEMG), Igor Angelovski

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Regulation of LPS-Induced Neuroinflammation by Targeting Microglia in vivo Using Chemogenetics, William Chett Binning

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The Effects of Perceived Predation Threat on Stress Response and Memory in Birds, Chlöe S. N. Carter

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Altered Brain Networks In Patients with Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures (PNES) Using Ultra High Field MRI, Brittney Castrilli

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Conceptual disorganization and redistribution of resting state cortical hubs in drug-naive first episode psychosis: A 7T functional magnetic resonance imaging study, Avyarthana Dey

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Evaluating white matter changes and executive function in rat models of mediodorsal thalamic stroke and neuroinflammation, Jessica Garabon

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Evaluating devices for the measurement of auditory-evoked fetal movement, Patrick Gatutsi

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The Role of Familiarity in Rhythmic Timing and Beat Perception, Joshua Hoddinott

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Characterizing the Cognitive and Emotional Effects of delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol in Distinct Hippocampal Sub-Regions, Dinat Khan

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Learning Expands the Preplanning Horizon in Finger Sequence Tasks, Neda Kordjazi

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Assessing Cognition In A Mouse Model Of Alzheimer’s Disease, Justin B. Mels

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Investigating the role of endogenous ATF4 upregulation on neuronal glutathione level, Fatemeh Mirshafiei

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Psychotropic Effects of Cannabis Components on the Mesolimbic Dopaminergic System, Christopher Norris

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Cannabinoid Transmission in the Basolateral Amygdala Modulates Prefrontal Cortex and Ventral Hippocampal Activity, Brian J. Pereira

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The effects of emotionally salient unimodal and multimodal stimuli on low-level visual perception, Stephen Raymond Pierzchajlo

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Inviting hallucinatory percepts during speech-listening to detect cognitive changes in early psychosis, Ana-Bianca Popa

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The Effect of Seizures (Afterdischarges) on Hippocampal Long-Term Potentiation, Vishaka Rajan

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Role of STIP1 in TDP-43 Mediated Toxicity and Proteinopathy in Neurodegenerative Disorders, Abdul Razzaq

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Comparative Study of Beat and Temporal Pattern Perception in a Songbird, Brendon Samuels

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Synaptic Correlates For Stress Sensitization, Julia KJ Sunstrum

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Identification of the Smallest Perceivable Interaural Time Differences, Sinthiya Thavam

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Medial Geniculate Projections to Auditory and Visual Cortex in Hearing and Deaf Cats, Benjamin Trachtenberg