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Hello fellow NSB folk!


Welcome to the study WIKI for the Neuroscience and Behaviour programs comprehensive exams for 2007.

The purpose of this WIKI is to provide a resource for all of us taking the comprehensive exam this year to pool information we find, useful reviews, papers, links, definitions, etc. It could also serve as a useful discussion board for any questions we could come across in our studying.

I thought this may be a useful tool as it is difficult to get everyone together at one time, but we could all benefit from our collective knowledge. Several platitudes come to mind, united we stand... work smarter not harder... and Web 2.0 is awesome.

So feel free to utilize this site as you wish and make it your own, and remember, there is only as much useful content here as we all put on it. So edit away :) But remember to abide by the WIKI content rules, which are basically don't slander someone, and don't put copyrighted information up. I think for our purposes that means, if you find a great article, just put up the link to that article on PubMed or some such, don't upload the full article, that way we can all access it through our UMASS accounts.

And most importantly, don't panic.


Nakazawa et al.

Original Paper

Nakazawa et al.

Supplementary material

Review articles

Synaptic Plasticity in the Lateral Amygdala: A Cellular Hypothesis of Fear Conditioning, Blair et al. 2001 excellent review of fear conditioning related LTP in the amygdala.

Related papers

Other useful information

Nakazawa Wikipedia

Nakazawa discussion questions

Ibanez et al.

Original Paper

Ibanez et al.

Review articles

Sexual Differentiation of the Vertebrate Brain: Principles and Mechanisms. Cooke et al., 1998 recommended in Forger's comments.

Related papers

Development of a Sexually Dimorphic Projection from the Bed Nuclei of the Stria Terminalis to the Anteroventral Periventricular Nucleus in the Rat. Hutton et al., 1998 earlier paper that seems to set the stage for Ibanez et al.

Neurons in the principal nucleus of the bed nuclei of the stria terminalis provide a sexually dimorphic gabaergic input to the anteroventral periventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus. Polston et al., 2004 more recent paper mentioned in Forger's comments.

Ontogeny of the projections from the anteroventral periventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus in the female rat. Polston and Simerly, 2006 even more recent paper mentioned in Forger's comments.

Other useful information

Ibanez Wikipedia

Ibanez discussion questions

Walton et al.

Original Paper

Walton et al.

Supplementary materials

Review articles

Mammalian neural stem cells. Gage, 2000 review provided with the articles.

Related papers

Other useful information

Walton Wikipedia

Walton discussion questions

Macri et al.

Original Paper

Macri et al.

Review articles

Developmental plasticity of HPA and fear responses in rats: A critical review of the maternal mediation hypothesis. Macri and Wurbel, 2006 review provided with the articles.

Maternal care, gene expression, and the transmission of individual differences in stress reactivity across generations. Meaney, 2001 review of the maternal mediation hypothesis and supporting evidence.

Related papers

Other useful information

Macri Wikipedia

Macri discussion questions

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Entrez Gene Great refresher on gene names and functions, what different antibodies are targeting, etc. (select "Gene" from the pulldown menu where it says search)

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