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Biopsychology seminar


  • Provide a forum for the presentation of work done by members of the behavioral neuroscience group.
  • Provide feedback concerning the material presented and the quality of the presentation.
  • Stimulate creativity and provide a basis for the development of critical thinking.
  • Hope that all this leads to publications and grants.

Types of Presentations

  • Design of a research project.
  • Data already collected as part of an ongoing project.
  • Professional issues.
  • Special faculty presentations.
  • Invited speakers.

Student Presentations

  • Plan to speak for about 20 min.
  • Use Power Point or similar.
  • Divide your talk as you would organize a paper.


  • Theoretical and applied relevance of the problem.
  • The method used or proposed.
  • The data obtained or expected.
  • Future directions.

Group Participation

  • Expect suggestions for improving your research and presentation.
  • Write down suggestions for future reference.
  • Think of the seminar as a friendly context to practice your scientific skills.


  • The Biopsychology Seminar started in 1994 and has been scheduled every semester since then.
  • Some invited speakers who contributed over the years include:
    • Abram Amsel (University of Texas, Austin)
    • Robert Batsell (Southern Methodist University)
    • Alan Daniel (Glenville State College)
    • Mike Domjan (University of Texas, Austin)
    • Perry Fuchs (University of Texas, Arlington)
    • Sue Grigson (Pennsylvania State University)
    • Masato Ishida (Osaka University of Education, Japan)
    • Joshua Jessel (Child Study Center, Fort Worth)
    • Bruce Overmier (University of Minnesota)
    • Jacob Norris (Naval Medical Research Center, Maryland)
    • Todd Roberts (University of Texas, Southwestern)
    • Tohru Taniuchi (Kanazawa University, Japan)
    • Carmen Torres (University of Jaen, Spain)
    • Christopher Watts (Texas Christian University)
    • Isabelle Muzzio (University of Texas San Antonio)

9:00-10:00, Wednesdays, WIN 245

Biopsychology seminar

The BP Seminar provides a forum for the presentation of work done by members of the behavioral neuroscience group. Occasional guest speakers are invited to talk about their research. Discussions aim at stimulating creativity and critical thinking, hoping that these skills would lead to article submissions and grant applications.


8/22 – A discussion of recent readings. Come prepared to talk about a paper you read during the summer, preferably related to your research interests, that fascinated you beyond belief.
8/29 – Julia Peterman

9/5 – Joanna Thompson
9/12 – Invited Speaker: Michael Salvatore (UNTHSC)
“A new angle to understand and treat motor impairment for Parkinson’s disease”
Abstract. Motor impairment from Parkinson’s disease or from aging is a critical health issue. Our goal is to determine which components of motor impairment result from compromised dopamine function in nigrostriatal neurons. Here, we’ll present evidence from several preclinical studies to show that preservation of dopamine function in substantia nigra in Parkinson’s disease or aging may be a critical component for restoring or preserving remaining motor capacity.
9/19 – Cheyenne Elliott
9/26 – Lauren Cleland

10/3 – Reagan Cox
10/10 – Paige Branden
10/17 – Abby Mason
10/24 – Sara Guarino
10/31 – Shannon Conrad

11/7 – Brice Kelly
11/14 – No meeting, SfN in San Diego
11/21 – Page Braden
11/28 – No meeting, Thanksgiving

12/5 – Juliana Sequeira Cesar de Oliveira