The current issue marks not only the end of yet another successful semester for Neuroscience Club and Brain Waves, but also the graduation of many of our executive board members. These past few years have seen many accomplishments for Brain Waves in particular, thanks to the hard work and devotion of our members.
Since the newsletter’s inception in Fall 2008, its contributors have grown to include club members, alumni, faculty, and graduate students. Each issue has addressed a pertinent, yet fascinating, topic all while exposing our readership to the multitude of research opportunities available here on campus. For the past year, we have been fortunate enough to receive funding to print Volumes I and II, allowing us to distribute the newsletter not only throughout campus, but also at the 2009 Society for Neuroscience international conference.
It is the hope of the graduating executive board members and editors that Brain Waves will continue to broaden its readership and be an influential scholarly newsletter on campus.
— The Editors of Brain Waves, Spring 2010
This issue focuses on vision and the visual system. The history of perception is briefly explored.
An article discusses the unexpected brain activity in the visual cortices of permanently blind people.
For our faculty contributor, Dr. Peter Gerhardstein of the Psychology Department discusses his research on infant visual perception.
This issue focuses on study-enhancing drugs, or more broadly, nootropics.
On undergraduate campuses, the stress of exams and the need for efficient studying lead many to use drugs that facilitate learning and fact-retention. Here contributors discuss the neurophramacology of these substances.
This informative report on study-enhancing drugs increases our awareness and understanding of its use.
This issue highlights numerous rare diseases that affect the central and peripheral nervous systems. For the diseases discussed, treatments are only palliative, but research is continually conducted to provide longterm curative treatment.
To kick off the fall semester, scientists from Binghamton University discuss their research on love, sex, and social relationships.
These emphasize the influence of the environment on brain development and