Chris joined my lab in 2012, and together with Dr. Katalin Komjati, we devised a study to assess the degree to which variation in human tasking performance is a function of central, as opposed to peripheral, physiological properties. Chris continues to recruit and test human subjects in his study of reaction time and ulnar nerve performance. E-mail him at C.J.Magulick@iup.edu to participate in our study.
Matt joined my lab in 2011. Over the next year he built and tested a computer-controlled operant training/testing device for use in investigating the neural mechanisms of auditory learning. Matt successfully tested the operant apparatus by training several zebra finches to perform the first stages of auditory operant discrimination. We will follow Matt's behavioral training of our avian subjects with neurophysiological recordings to assess where and how auditory learning has shaped neurons and their performance.
Zack joined my lab in 2010 to conduct a human pulmonary study of his own design in order to assess the ability of human patient body position to compromise pulmonary capabilities.
Following graduation from IUP, Zack worked as a medical editor on two health-related textbooks while preparing his applications for medical school. He then began medical studies at the Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, beginning in the Fall of 2012.
Don joined my lab as a freshman in 2009. Since then, he has served as my teaching assistant in a variety of courses, and also has served as an animal care technician.
Don has conducted several independent research projects in my lab, including a neural auditory study in the zebra finch as well as study of human exercise physiology, focusing on the coordination of human physiological responses to an exercise challenge.
Don’s research and academic achievements include:
Following his graduation from IUP in 2012, Don began medical studies at the Milton S. Hershey Medical School of the Pennsylvania State University, beginning in the Fall of 2012.
Jason explored the ability of animal social setting to influence neural processing of communications sounds. Jason recorded male zebra finch song under a variety of social settings (isolated, with female, with another male), and then used these sounds as playback stimuli for assessment of the finch neural auditory response during the same series of social settings.
After graduating from IUP, Jason enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Neuropharmacology at the University of the Sciences, Philadelphia
Nick conducted experiments designed to assess the degree to which the left and right hemispheres of the zebra finch brain could independently process sounds. Nick recorded zebra finch songs, and then digitally modified the song frequency structure to create series of auditory test stimuli. These stimuli were used to stimulate neural auditory responses which were assessed in simultaneously dual-hemisphere recording sessions in awake and anesthetized birds.
Following his graduation from IUP, Nick enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Neuroscience at Duke University
During his brief stay in my lab, Matt recorded and measured zebra finch song stimuli under a variety of zebra finch social settings, and measured their primary characteristics to assess how an audience can influence songs features.
After graduation from IUP, Matt enrolled in the doctorate of chiropractic program at New York Chiropractic College
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