Open panel

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)

Schedule: Spring Semester, 2017 

    WEEKLY PRESENTATION TIME — Tuesdays 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.


    1/17 – Group conversation
    1/24 – Joanna Thompson
    1/31 – James Taylor

    2/7 – Shannon Conrad
    2/14 – James Mellor
    2/21 – Sara Guarino
    2/28 – Karol Gryczynski (Moncrief Chair of Physics and Professor, TCU’s Dept of Physics & Astronomy)
    “Fluorescence Imaging Capabilities at TCU and UNTHSC – Developing Technology and Probes. From Super-resolution to Imaging Viscoelastic Properties of Cell Components”
    Abstract. Over last two decades fluorescence based detection becomes a driving technology in cellular and molecular biology. Fluorescence microscopy based imaging offers high sensitivity and temporal resolution allowing many studies on cellular level. Forster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) and Florescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy (FLIM) enabled studying molecular interactions on a cellular and sub-cellular levels. Development of new optical probes sensitive to environment (e.g. pH and viscosity) opens new ways for studying various cellular processes that lead to cell malfunction and disease development. In this presentation we will present applications of long-lived fluorescence probes and new viscosity probes (molecular rotors) opening new capabilities for cellular detection imaging.

    3/7 – Anna Petursdottir (TCU’s Department of Psychology)
    “Single-Case Experiments: Logic of Design and Analysis.”
    Abstract. Calls for an increased emphasis on the experimental study of individuals (“N-of-1 trials”) have recently grown louder within the health and behavioral sciences. In this presentation, I will provide a brief history of single-case design experimentation, describe the logic of this experimental approach, discuss some advantages and disadvantages of common analytical techniques, and ponder future developments.

    3/14 – No meeting, Spring Break
    3/21 – Lauren Cleland
    3/28 – Bailey Devine

    4/4 – REVIEW: Ed Wasserman’s papers (Greeen Chair, Apr/5-8)
    4/11 – Julia Peterman
    4/18 – Justin Jacqmain
    4/25 – Jordon White

    5/2 –Kaye Urbano

    FALL SCHEDULE: 16:00-17:00, on Mondays