Student Research


Over the last decade, Reed students have pursued dozens of fascinating neuroscience projects and published papers in leading journals in the field.

Cocaine, ghrelin and the mesolimbic system. Prof. Paul Currie, Lia Zallar ’16, Eliotte Garling ’18, Leah Cepko ’16. (2017) In V.R. Preedy (ed.), The Neuroscience of Cocaine: Mechanisms and Treatment, Academic Press: London, (pp. 279-286).

Sensory substitution. Orestis Papaioannou ’15, Chris Graulty ’15,  and Phoebe Bauer ’15 probe the brain’s ability to extract visual information from the auditory channel.

The reproducibility of scientific results. Melissa Lewis ’13 was one of 270 authors of a groundbreaking study on reproducibility published in Science.

Visuospatial perspective-taking in conversation and the role of bilingual experience. Prof. Enriqueta Canseco-Gonzalez, Loretta K. Yiu ’13, and Elizabeth T. Nguyen ’12 published this research in the Journal of Memory and Language.

Maternal care in cichlids. Prof Suzy C. P. Renn, Julia B. Carleton ’09, H. Magee ’09, My Linh T. Nguyen ’09 and Ameara C. W. Tanner. Integrative and Comparative Biology.

Effects of Predictability and Competition on Group and Individual Choice in a Free-Ranging Foraging Environment. Lavinia Tan, Frank Sosa ’13, Eric Talbot ’12, Donald Berg ’12, Dawniris Eversz ’12, and Prof. Timothy D. Hackenberg. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior.

Neural Signatures of Conscious Face Perception in an Inattentional Blindness Paradigm. Juliet Shafto ’13 and Prof. Michael Pitts. Journal of Neuroscience.

Antagonism between Gdf6a and retinoic acid pathways controls timing of retinal neurogenesis and growth of the eye in zebrafish. Will Horner ’15, Amanuel Tafessu ’14, Audrey Williams ’14, Terra Vleeshouwer-Neumann ’13, McKenzie Givens ’17, Prof. Kara Cerveny, and other researchers. Development.

Potential mechanisms of Zika-linked microcephaly. Emily Merfeld ’16, Lily Ben-Avi ’16, Mason Kennon ’16, and Prof. Kara Cerveny. In WIREs Developmental Biology.

Amygdalar N-arachidonoyl-serotonin and anxiolytic behavior. Catherine John ’10 and Prof. Paul Currie. Behavioural Brain Research.

Ghrelin alters the stimulatory effect of cocaine on ethanol intake following mesolimbic or systemic administration. Leah Cepko ’16, Joaquin Selva ’15, Emily Merfeld ’16, Anna Fimmel ’14, Sana Goldberg ’12, and Prof. Paul Currie. Neuropharmacology.