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...the brain is like a muscle. When we think well, we feel good.
Understanding is a kind of ecstasy.
Our Goal as an Undergraduate Journal Club:
This journal club provides opportunity for undergrads to practice their scientific journal article-reading and critical thinking skills. These abilities are absolutely crucial to anyone and everyone interested in research or medicine – you will inevitably encounter a plethora of articles in your scientific career so why not get a head start? While there are currently lots of open journal clubs on campus, these are largely populated by graduate students, post-docs, and faculty, so they understandably can seem inaccessible and intimidating to undergraduate students. This particular journal club is designed to be a judgment-free zone where we make it our goal to help you learn in an encouraging environment to extract information, analyze data from a critical standpoint, and realize the broader implications from a research paper.
And it goes a little something like this...
At each meeting (time/place TBD), a paper (article) of
interest will be presented and discussed. The papers will range in fields which
encompass and overlap with neuroscience – this means everything from neurogenetics to
development to computer science to cognition to philosophy to psychology to
molecular neuro to... (you get the idea.) NO PRIOR KNOWLEDGE IS NECESSARY,
although *it will be assumed that you have read and attempted to understand
the paper prior to the meeting.* The point of these presentations is to
walk through the paper and address all questions/confusion, then spark discussion
through the development of a critical analysis of its strong/weak points and
expansion of the paper’s broader implications.
Once we get the ball
rolling, I intend to open up
presentation slots to anyone interested in presenting a paper. As a
it would be your duty to choose a paper, walk the group through the
highlights of the paper, explain the paper’s data and figures, and be
well-versed in any necessary background knowledge and/or supplemental
info. A PowerPoint presentation containing background information and/or figures from the article is
helpful, but not required.