Neuroscience Studies is primarily housed in the Olin-Rice Science Center.The building contains over $2 million in state- of-the-art scientific equipment.
The college is close to the University of Minnesota, which provides students with additional opportunities to perform research.The university also houses one of the largest collections of biomedical journals in the United States and has extensive holdings in other areas of neuroscience as well, all of which are available for use by Macalester students.
Numerous internships and seminars are available at the University of Minnesota and the many research facilities in the Twin Cities area.
Student-faculty collaborative summer research is supported by individual faculty grants and institutional grants. The following are a few of the current and past student/faculty research projects conducted at Macalester:
Samantha Shapiro ’11 (Boulder, Colo.) completed a study that examined the effects of mild stress on performance in a hippocampally-dependent memory task.
David Harris ’11 (Newton, Mass.) completed a study that examined the effects of nucleus accumbens cholinergic muscarinic antagonists on instrumental behavior.
Sara Berger ’10 (Mandan, N.D.) received a NCCAM-supported summer fellowship to work on projects investigating the neural circuitry and behavioral consequences of scopolamine- and atropine-containing herbal medicines in models of nociception and depression.
Tempestt Gilmore ’10 (Jackson, Miss.) completed a study that focused on the role of experience in physiological activations subsequent to sensory input, measuring the moment-to-moment skin conductance alterations induced by viewing of dance movements in expert and novice observers.
William Cohen ’09 (New York, N.Y.) received a summer fellowship to study the development of alternative assessments sensitive to the antinociceptive activity of plant extracts.
Tim Lee ’08 (Eugene, Ore.) received a Macalester DISC fellowship to investigate the neural circuitry mediating the effects of anticholinergic substances found in solenace plants.
Nathaniel Vernon ’07 (Fall Creek,Wis.) received a summer fellowship to work on projects investigating the role of specific cerebral nuclei in the hypo- and hyperalgesic actions of plant extracts.